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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. Don't block the hydrant or the mailboxes. Walk the trail on the south 100yds, where it forks, take the trail heading right. 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 S 4b Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 45'
Pillars of Hercules (left var.) 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 45'
Cindy's Chimney 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 45'
Chuckwalla 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 45'
Pillars of Hercules (right var.) 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 45'
Cave Route Center 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, TR, 45'
Upper Kor's Crack 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, TR, 45'
Lower Kor's Crack 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'
Featured Route For Potrillo Cliffs
Left Cave Route 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a NM : Los Alamos & White Rock : ... : Potrillo Cliffs
This route ascends a tasty hand-crack (big hands) out the left side of the big cave. Begin by gaining a large bouldery protrusion and get into an excellent section of wide hands to surmount the roof. After the roof the grade eases significantly. Great protection abounds as you climb a left-trending crack above. It is possible to toprope the bottom section of this route from an anchor set at the terminus of Cave Route Center....[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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