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Waterfall canyon, Sandia mountains

 
Waterfall canyon, Sandia mountains

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Object Title: Waterfall canyon, Sandia mountains

Image Type(s): Ice Climbing

 

Page By: Liba Kopeckova

Created/Edited: Dec 13, 2009 / Dec 13, 2009

Object ID: 582266

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Page Score: 83.09% - 16 Votes 

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Approach

You start hiking Piedra Lisa Trail. The trailhead is reached from FR 333, and you park at Piedra Lisa Trailhead. From a parking lot walk north about a quarter of a mile on the dirt road to reach a turn-of to Piedra Lisa Trail. The trail goes up a short slope, then drops down into a canyon after a short distance. At the bottom of this canyon is the intersection of Piedra Lisa trail with Fletcher Trail, and Waterfall Canyon.

Ice climbing

There is 1 really nice waterfall, about 20 meter long, and 1 waterfall with thinner ice and pretty good mixed climbing. I know, nothing much, but still amazing to have something like this available so far south (Albuquerque has a latitude of 35, and so close to the city). I climbed the waterfall 4 or 5 times, and it does make a really nice 1/2 day outing!

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C WenkerA very cool discovery.

C Wenker

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Neat to know about this! Did you get any sense if this ice forms up pretty reliably and stays in shape through the winter? Or is it a rare and ephemeral occurrence that will melt out soon if we don't get more snow?
Looks like, maybe a WI2 or WI3 rating?
Posted Dec 14, 2009 1:22 pm

Liba KopeckovaRe: A very cool discovery.

Liba Kopeckova

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I think it stays on during the whole water. The main waterfall stays in the shade, but not sure if there would be very warm days... I do not know the rating, but especially the first part is easy. There is a hard access for top roping, but the climb did not seem difficult, and it was my first ice climbing... How are you Chris? Any more ice climbing trips to Colorado?
Posted Dec 14, 2009 4:30 pm

C WenkerRe: CO

C Wenker

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Actually, yeah. I've got an ice trip to the San Juans scheduled for the Xmas break. And, maybe, then another trip in the middle of January.
You attending the ice festival this year?
Posted Dec 15, 2009 10:21 am

C WenkerFound it

C Wenker

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We climbed here last weekend; thanks again for posting it.
Posted Feb 2, 2010 9:41 am

Liba KopeckovaRe: Found it

Liba Kopeckova

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Did you like it? How was the ice?
Posted Feb 2, 2010 10:39 pm

C WenkerRe: Found it

C Wenker

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The ice was..... just OK, kinda melted out since your photos. But we take what we can get here in NM, no?
Posted Feb 3, 2010 10:20 am

PrettinuceCool

Prettinuce

Voted 10/10

I guess I should head over there in the winter. I am no climber but the sight is great! I've only been on that trail in the fall and spring when the snow and ice were gone.
Posted Mar 5, 2010 4:35 pm

Liba KopeckovaRe: Cool

Liba Kopeckova

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the waterfall is still there, but the ice is way to soft...
Posted Mar 5, 2010 7:01 pm

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