A selection of trad and sport routes on SHORT, quality, southwest facing, Basalt cliffs. Thirty climbs spread out over four separate walls located above NM 518 three miles west of Comales Canyon. It is possible to chase summer shade on Crack Cliff and Pine Shadow wall or catch afternoon winter sun in The Phishbowl. For more photos and descriptions check out the article featured in the final issue of Urban Climber,#57. For complete route info visit the New Route Info sidebar at www.climbtaos.com/
From Taos drive 14.7 miles East on NM 518 and look for a faint pull out on a closed road marked #390 located .9 past Amole Day Use area. follow the old road through the fence, turn left along the fence and look for a faint cairned climbers trail up to the cliff band(10 min). Stay left of large dead tree near the wall visible from road to avoid POISON IVY! Once you are familiar with the area it is possible to approach cliffs from above. This is a nice approach but takes a bit longer, it can also be ridden on a bike. For the top approach park at the Amole Day Use Area and take the first trail on your right marked with blue diamonds.
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