The Sewer Crag Rock Climbing
Climbing at the Sewer Crag, January 2012. Photo by...
A south, east and SE facing cliff of dirty, pocketed basalt. This crag is opposite of the North side
of The Overlook
. Currently has ~5 bolted routes and a few pointless cracks.
This crag is so-named due to its proximity to a sewage treatment plant. The climbing is not particularly stanky, nor is the surrounding environment. A good place to go if you want a bit of seclusion. The routes would be really good if they ever got cleaned up, but that seems like an awful lot to hope for.
The approach is much shorter, easier and cleaner than all of the area guidebooks imply. It took me ~15 minutes, and I never had to 'ford a foul smelling stream'.
Park at the Overlook. Walk N from the P-lot and locate the Sewer crag visually across the canyon. Note the creek you will need to cross, and identify the approach route, which basically traverses the canyon rim until you are almost above the Sewer Crag, then descends a grass covered talus field to the base of the wall.
Walk back up the road the way you came for about 100 yds to a large clearing on the N side of the road. Bushwhack NW for 100 yds into thickening brush, and pick up a faint trail that leads to a stream crossing near the large waterfall. It is trivial to cross this stream without getting your feet wet. Once across the stream, continue on a much better trail N, then NE, then E along the canyon rim. After ~ 200 yds a subtle cairn appears on the right, about 30 yds S of the trail. Walk to this cairn, and descend the bushy talus field below to the base of the cliff. First bolted route encountered is "Toxic Avenger".
Climbing Season For the White Rock area.
Weather station 5.6 miles from here
6 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For The Sewer Crag
One Hundred Years of Solitude 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b NM
: Los Alamos & White Rock
: ... : The Sewer Crag
A long-abandoned project reclaimed on New Mexico's 100th birthday. Like most climbs at the Sewer Crag, begin by scrambling through a sizable choss band, clipping a couple of bolts just to be safe. The climbing begins in earnest at the third bolt as the rock morphs into the bullet basalt endemic to White Rock and the wall steepens to vertical. Cool pockets lead to a tricky crux on the arete at bolt 5 and more sustained climbing to the anchors. ...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
The uncrowded Sewer Crag.
By Chris Wenker
From: Santa Fe
Feb 15, 2008
Consult Jackson's 2006 New Mexico guidebook for notes on this crag's land status and access.
By Jason Halladay
From: Los Alamos, NM
Jan 8, 2012
Better parking beta for the Sewer Crag is to park at the RC car track on the right side (south side) of the Overlook road just before the main Overlook parking area. Do not park at the county sewage facility parking area, please.
This is a fun little area that deserves a visit from the 11+/12- climbers. I lump it in the same gray area of access as The Y and Potrillo Cliffs in that I really don't think it's a problem to be climbing there despite not being on public land. The trail above the climbing area clearly sees a lot of traffic likely from nearby residents walking their dogs.