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The Grotto is the premium area to climb in Diablo Canyon. It is a slot canyon trimmed out of the upper portion of the south wall. It is filled with large boulders interlaced with fairly lush (for NM) vegetation. While it runs NE to SW the north facing wall is much higher, keeping The Grotto shady for most of the day. The sun peeks through both ends of the canyon during the early morning and late afternoon respectively. However, during January, February, and March an unseasonably warm day is necessary for comfortable climbing.
Follow the new trail (fall 2012) to The Runway. From The Runway, hike easy terrain west to the Grotto. The new trail starts in the arroyo straight across from the trail to the Winter Wall.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Grotto (AKA: The Notch):
Bong Crack (aka Surficial Scratch) 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 90' Right Side of Grotto Entran...
Featured Route For The Grotto (AKA: The Notch)
El Areto Bolto Del Diablo 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b NM : Santa Fe Area : ... : Evil Paradise Area
This awesome route is likely one of the best 5.10s at Diablo, on par with the Winter Wall classic Grape Ape and the best of the Early Wall, Grotto, etc. Anchor your belayer to the two bolts on the right side of the gully. Clip the first two bolts on easy terrain before traversing left towards the arete. The route really gets going around bolt five, with tricky moves and a bizarre mantle to get established on the arete. From here, get psyched for 50 feet of continuous, technical face climbing on ...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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