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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)
Where the Wild Things Aren't 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a NM : Santa Fe Area : ... : Grotto End (R. Side)
Nice and sustained route, with technical movement. Crux is lower on the route, and once past the mono, the worst is over. However, hold on, because it doesn't completely let up! The guidebook notes a difficult fourth clip, however, none in our party thought it was terribly difficult, though it may be if you are not solid at the grade....[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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