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An enjoyable basalt, mostly sport climbing crag that also offers some nice gear-protected crack climbs, the Overlook is generally regarded as the finest crag at White Rock.

There are two sides to the Overlook--a northwest aspect and a southeast aspect so climbing can be done year round. Warm winter days are awesome on the southeast side. Almost all climbs have bolted anchors, included the gear-protected crack climbs.

Most cracks were toproped in the 70s, with bolted routes put up in the 80s and no more new route potential really exists, although the original White Rock bolting agreement (1989) along with the amended agreement (2004) allows for new bolted face climbs to be established at the Overlook [per this agreement, establishing new bolted routes is not permitted at some of the other White Rock "trad" cliffs].

Although there are some new climbs in this area, the original guide to the Overlook by Samet & Jett has been shared thanks to the authors and the Los Alamos Mountaineers:

Getting There 

From NM4, turn south on Rover Blvd. Turn left on the first street on your left, Meadow Lane. Stay on Meadow Lane for .8 mile or so and turn left at the well-signed Overlook Park. This park is loaded with soccer and baseball fields. Park at very end of the road at the round-about at the scenic Overlook view point. Follow the spiny, exposed ridge trail NE left the Overlook view point and descend to the next shelf. You'll be on top of the climbing cliff. A good climber's trail heads south (right) and down to the base of the southeast cliff on your left. The first bolted climb you'll find is Bosker Boozeroo.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.5 miles from here

71 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',20],['2 Stars',29],['1 Star',17],['Bomb',1]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Overlook:
Headwall Crack Left   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 55'   South/East side
Polly's Crack   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 60'   South/East side
Headwall Crack Right   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 50'   South/East side
Cholla Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 50'   South/East side
Overlard (aka Foops)   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   North/West side
Holy Wall   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, TR, 55'   South/East side
Cholla Wall   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, TR, 55'   South/East side
Boy What Assholes (You Guys Turned Out to Be)   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 55'   South/East side
Huecos Rancheros   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   North/West side
Dave's Face (a.k.a. Sale at Mervyn's)   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, TR, 60'   South/East side
Crisis In Utopia   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   North/West side
Just Say No To Jugs   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   North/West side
Bosker Boozeroo   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 60'   South/East side
Way Beyond Zebra   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, TR, 65'   South/East side
Paul's Boutique   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 55'   South/East side
Len's Roof   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, TR, 55'   South/East side
Nice Guys Finish Last   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 63'   South/East side
Double Vision / Ream Dream   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 55'   South/East side
Thorazine Dream   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 55'   South/East side
Face Off   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   South/East side
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Crisis In Utopia 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  NM : Los Alamos & White Rock : ... : North/West side
This is an awesome finger crack up a left leaning open book that is very clean for the meat of the route. It starts via a fifth class scramble up to the crack proper. The bottom and top sections can be technically, a little cruxy. It remains fairly continuous at the grade, but the endurance crux is about 2/3rds of the way up. Can you say finger locks? This stellar route deserves to see a lot more traffic than it does. Go climb it!...[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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By Charlie Starrett
Apr 21, 2014
Someone else left their shoes here today (April 21, 2014). They are children's shoes - email me to get them back.
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