Questa Dome Rock Climbing
Questa Dome in profile from the summit above The L...
Questa Dome is a 600-ft tall south-facing granite dome in the secluded Latir Peaks Wilderness area in northern New Mexico. The climbs on the main dome range from 5.10 to 5.12.
There is excellent granite bouldering along the trail to the Dome.
Season May through October. Can be hot on hot summer days. Watch out for thunderstorms, especially in July and August. It can be warm enough in April, but the approach may still be snowy.
Guidebooks: A guidebook or at least a topo is recommended. 'Taos Rock' and 'Rock Climbing: New Mexico' are both excellent guides to the area, and both include the best climbs. 'Taos Rock' includes 2 or 3 more routes that aren't in RC:NM, and a section on the bouldering. Easier low-angle crack systems (undocumented) can be found on the slabs between the Legs and Questa Dome proper.
From Taos: Take NM 522 north past the village of Questa. 6 miles past Questa take a right at a sign to El Rito. Go just under a mile to where the road turns (at a house) to dirt. Veer right and then climb up the steep road for just under a mile farther. At the T-junction, go right, and continue for 0.2 miles a small parking and the trailhead on the left. With high clearance you can get to the trailhead, without, you'll need to stop earlier (less than 10 minutes extra walk).
The trailhead is an ok place to camp. Don't drink the water from the stream without treating it, livestock are upstream.
The trail climbs through the pine forest and soon meets a beautiful creek. In early season, the trail may be flooded by the creek in some places, but should not be a problem. As the trail gets steeper, the dome is obvious on the left. Stay on the trail until about level with the base, then traverse left to the base of the rock. This will take 45 minutes or so.
To get to "the Legs" formation, head up on a faint cairned trail at the first place the trail meets the boulderfield.
Climbing Season For the Taos Area area.
Weather station 5.5 miles from here
15 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Questa Dome
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Questa Dome:
Featured Route For Questa Dome
Sequestered 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a NM
: Taos Area
: ... : Questa Dome
Sequestered follows the right of 2 prominent right-angling crack system on the left side of Questa Dome. These are clear from the trail. You'll find beautiful rock, wonderful climbing, and some thin sections on this adventurous climb. The route description is in both guidebooks, but recommend splitting the pitches as below:Rope up on the left side of Questa Dome, below a large left-facing corner, about 50' left of the start of Question of Balance.P1: (190' 5.10- same as Questar) Start ...[more] Browse More Classics in NM