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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 20 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 90' Right Side of Grotto Entran...
Featured Route For The Grotto (AKA: The Notch)
Woogie's Wild Ride 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c NM : Santa Fe Area : ... : Right Side of Grotto Entran...
Starts out with slabby face moves past 3 bolts to a nice rest. From here figure out how to clip the 4th bolt on runout but easy ground. Traverse left past 3 more spaced bolts to the crux bulge, with tightly spaced bolts. Rest up for the final awkward overhang and pass one more bolt to the anchor. Solid at the grade, and a wild ride for a 5.11....[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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