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Big Enchilada, The  

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The Big Enchilada hosts some of the longer trad routes in White Rock. A few partially bolted face climbs exist too. Although there are some fixed anchors, bringing trad gear and static rope to set anchors is a necessity for most climbs.

The cliff has two aspects: one facing east, and one facing southwest; which is convenient to seek out shade or sun as desired.

The rock is generally of high quality basalt, although the cliffs have a few ledges making many of the routes not as sustained as trad routes at The Playground or the Old New Place. Some climbs in this area are among the finest crack climbs in White Rock.

You're unlikely to encounter crowds or other climbers at this area, as compared to more crowded White Rock cliffs.

A list of routes, with descriptions and ratings (but no photos) is found here:
The area is also described in the Rock Climbing: New Mexico and Jemez Rock guidebooks.

Getting There 

Take NM state road 4 just south of White Rock, turn onto Monterey South. Stay on Monterey South, to Potrillo Rd, where you take a right. Take this until you can turn right on Estante Rd. Follow Estante around a left turn to a pullout just past a fire hydrant on the right side. Park here and don't block the hydrant or the mailboxes. This is the same parking for Potrillo Cliffs. Walk the trail south 100yds, where it forks, take the trail heading left (east). Follow this 10 minutes to the trails end at the point of the cliffs, where the cliff bands of Potrillo Canyon and the Rio grande Gorge meet: here is the Big Enchilada. Scramble down an obvious gully on the east side to reach the cliff base.
The East Face of the Big Enchilada is just to the north of the descent gully; the West face is just south and around the corner.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.0 miles from here

37 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',17],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',1]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Big Enchilada, The:
Chimney   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 50'   East Side, Big Enchilada
Headjam   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 50'   South Side, Big Enchilada
Route 18   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 50'   South Side, Big Enchilada
The Big Enchilada (Left Crack)   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 50'   East Side, Big Enchilada
Route 17   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, TR, 50'   South Side, Big Enchilada
Route 22   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, TR, 50'   South Side, Big Enchilada
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Featured Route For Big Enchilada, The
Roger on an unnamed 5.11a crack near the right end...

Route 22 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c  NM : Los Alamos & White Rock : ... : South Side, Big Enchilada
If you're going to climb a 5.11 at the Big Enchilada, this is a good choice.Up a broken dihedral, pull a small roof, and layback (1st crux) up to another overhung crux passing over a bulge below the prow....[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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By Wa3lt
Mar 21, 2009
The Big Enchilada doesn't get the attention it deserves. Really fun climbing, great winter solar exposure, and a LOT of routes. Check it out.

I've entered all the routes from my old guide. Enjoy!
By Devin Shunk
Jan 27, 2014
I agree with Wa3lt's sentiments. This is probably my favorite crag in White Rock. It rarely has crowds and it is filled with super fun lines.

I wish that we had more FA info. so that we could get some names on a lot of these climbs.
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