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Potrillo cliffs is the primo beginner toproping/trad area in White Rock, and was the first major basalt cliff "discovered" for climbing in White Rock. The cliff has two faces: one facing south, and one facing west, so you can find sun or shade as you like.
Take NM state road 4 just south of White Rock, turn onto Monterey South. Stay on Monterey South, turn right on Potrillo Rd. Then turn right on Estante Rd. Follow Estante around a left turn and park when you see a fire hydrant on the right side, near the address of 428 Estante Road. Please do not block the hydrant or the mailboxes. Take the trail between mailbox 428 and the fire hydrant and follow this trail to a large gate and a sign. 75' after the gate, head left on a trail to the cliff top. To get to the base, scramble down the east side of the cliffs- this last part is 3rd class (May be challenging for some dogs or little kids without help). Should take about 10 minutes.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Potrillo Cliffs:
Car Camping with the Kids 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 45'
Pillars of Hercules (left var.) 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 45'
Cindy's Chimney 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 45'
Pillars of Hercules (right var.) 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 45'
Chuckwalla 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 45'
Cave Route Center 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR, 45'
Upper Kor's Crack 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR, 45'
Lower Kor's Crack 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'
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Right Cave Route 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a NM : Los Alamos & White Rock : ... : Potrillo Cliffs
This route begins with powerful moves up a series of finger cracks - some shallow, some finger-eaters. One can find an excellent knee-bar and subsequent no-hands-rest before making the final moves out the roof. After the roof, this route joins Cave Route Center and the grade eases significantly....[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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