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Windward Wall

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About Windward Wall:

A clean, almost vertical wall with multiple 2-pitch routes from 5.8 to 5.12, some trad, some bolted. A good option for potentially rainy days, as there is another 1-2 pitch wall above (Science Friction) you can climb, or escape to the North and hike out.
Approach: Fairyland is the upper, south facing, part of the small canyon on the East side of the Tridents, near the top of the Sandia mountains. To get there, go down the La Luz trail from the Crest parking lot at the top, then keep going another 1/2 mile down from the Crest House/Tramway tail merger. When you get to the rock formation next to, and just below the trail called The Fin, Leave the trail and hike straight uphill in the large rock field. When you get to the saddle at the top of the ridge (Fairyland), contour South on the East side of the canyon for 100 meters to Windward Wall. It is a West-facing, 200 foot high flat face, with a line of bolts up the middle. Alternatively, you can approach over the top of the ridge, or cut across below Paired Pole Pillars, but you will need a guide to find it that way.
Approach Time: 45 min
Latitude, Longitude: 35.20415, -106.45207
Access Issues:
Rock Type: Granite
Type of Climbing: Sport/Trad
Sun Aspect: Afternoon Sun


SequenceSequence numbers indicate the left (L) to right (R) order of the routes. Rating Route Difficulty Ascents
1 Average Rating = 3.00/5 Radical Left 5.9 1
2 Average Rating = 4.00/5 Leftist Tendoncies 5.9 1
4 Average Rating = 5.00/5 Good Clean Fun 5.11a 1
5 Average Rating = 5.00/5 The Windward Passage 5.10a 1
7 Average Rating = 3.00/5 Climbing in the Rain 5.8 1