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Monster Island 


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Description 

A small but concentrated area of high-quality boulder problems nestled amongst the Sawtooth Mountains in the Cibola National Forest


Getting There 

From Datil, head west on HWY 60 for roughly 12 miles and turn right onto Forest Road 6A. Continue for approx. 4 miles, there may or may not be a stone cairn marking the approach road, but veer right, and follow the road until it dead ends. From parking to boulders is approx. 10 minutes.


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['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',1],['V2-3',3],['V4-5',2],['V6-7',4],['V8-9',3],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Monster Island:
Frankenstein Left   V3 6A     Boulder   
Frankenstein Direct   V4 6B     Boulder, 12'   
Vampire Roof Center aka Golden   V4 6B     Boulder   
Warm Up Solo   5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a     TR, 60'   
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Ploss on, "More Death, Less Rail." The rail feature used on The Death Rail is visible just below of his right foot. The camera angle doesn't really do the height justice, but one can get a good feel for the landing.

The Death Rail V6 7A  NM : New Mexico, I-40 Corridor : Monster Island
The imposing face directly right of Warm Up Solo. Starts on bad crimps and makes a difficult moves to gain access to the rail feature in the center of the wall. Finish after making the committing moves to gain the lip. Falling would mostly likely result in death.Jason Ploss recently added a direct finish, "More Death, Less Rail" that greatly enhances the death factor. Bring pads. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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By Brian Prince
From: morro bay, ca
Apr 24, 2011

Does anyone know of any routes on the wall above the boulders?

By claude.
From: ABQ, NM
May 1, 2011




Video courtesy of Walker Kearney

By Paul Davidson
May 2, 2011

Nice vid, thanks for posting...

By Bob Broilo
From: Socorro, NM
May 20, 2011

Brian,
Yes, however none go straight up from Monster Island due to the bands of choss. There is a existing summit route that goes at 5.8-9. You can find info on the "Sawtooth Crags" topos hidden in a chewed-up medicine bottle in a hueco about 1/2 mile to the South of Monster Island near some sport routes. Some day I will post the pictures I took of them.

By Walker Kearney
Sep 19, 2012

Here's another video from Monster Island

By Paloma
Aug 27, 2013

Camping near by?

By Bob Broilo
From: Socorro, NM
Sep 6, 2013

Yes, good primitive camping spots all along FR6A, FR2, etc. It's forest land and there are no restrictions at the moment so you can camp anywhere, but try to practice "leave no trace". For developed campsites try Datil Well campground.

Please don't camp at the trailhead unless you like a train of climbers/hunters parking and hiking through your camp. There is a very pleasant meadow, prolly full of wildflowers right now, just south of the Monster Island boulders accessed by a spur road east off of FR6A before the trailhead road. Be aware that it can get quite chilly at night, even in the summer, and that it's hunting season so expect many spots to be taken already. Have fun!