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Hospital Crag Rock Climbing 

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Location: 35.8797, -106.3199 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Jason Hundhausen on Jan 29, 2008
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This crag may lie on DOE property; by climbing here you may be trespassing


The Hospital Crag is a relatively short section of rhyolitic tuff located on the north side of Los Alamos Canyon, immediately east of the Omega bridge. The rock quality here is generally poor, but there are a few fun 35-40 foot sport climbs here. Just beware that the rock here is soft. The plus side to this location is that the hospital is just up the hill.

Getting There 

There are several ways to approach the crag. You may park at the Los Alamos Medical Center or, if that's too much walking, you can drive south from the intersection of Trinity and Diamond Drive and turn right onto West Road. Take an immediate left and follow that road back east underneath the Omega bridge. Parking here may be limited. One can walk down toward Omega Road and turn left onto a small trail leading east underneath the bridge. Just after passing under the bridge, turn left again and head up to the cliffs. You can also access the crag from the cliffs above, but it involves a bit of bushwhacking over steep, loose terrain and you may have to search for a safe passage to the base of the cliffs.

Climbing Season

For the Los Alamos & White Rock area.

Weather station 1.1 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

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

Featured Route For Hospital Crag

Unfinished Project 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13  NM : Los Alamos & White Rock : ... : Hospital Crag
Difficult moves off the ground lead to easier climbing half-way up the wall; the crux is working your way from the arete right across to a large left-slanting diagonal crack/ledge. Fun climbing on small edges and pockets; one can find relief by reaching around the arete to several larger pockets; for more sustained and challenging climbing, stay on the face. Soft rock at top and in the crack/ledge. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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By Scott Beguin
From: Los Alamos, NM
Jan 30, 2008
I would give all the routes at this crag one star or less. The rock is really bad. You are better off to go to upper LA Canyon where the rock is better and the routes are better, and you won't be harrassed by the bridge nazis.
By Logan Eckhardt
From: Albuquerque
Jan 31, 2008
A few years ago a friend of mine (from Los Alamos) and I were going to climb what I think must be these routes near the big bridge, when several of the security officers for the science lab there in town pulled up with flashing lights on their big SUVs and stopped us and made us show them our IDs and then they told us to leave because the bridge was a "security risk". They actually escorted our cars to the top of the hill to the stop light!
By Scott Beguin
From: Los Alamos, NM
Feb 4, 2008
That is right, they are very touchy about the bridge. I too have been in those shoes in this canyon.
By Wa3lt
Feb 14, 2010
Luke and I bolted these in the mid-90s sometime. The rock is crud, the location sucks (especially nowadays) and someone should probably go yank the hangers and use them for something more worthy (no, seriously, they're my hangers, go take them).


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