Elevation: 6,308 ft
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Description

From cracks to difficult sport, there is a wide variety of basalt climbing in and around the sleepy town of White Rock.


Different ethics apply regarding bolts and bolted anchors at the different crags; some are traditional only, while others have bolts and anchors. The local climbing community has had a number of open meetings and established this White Rock bolting agreement as a compromise for differing viewpoints and to allow for climbing of all styles at White Rock.

Season: Year-round, except during occasional winter storms. You'll want to find the sun in the winter and shade in the summer. Like everywhere in the SW, monsoon-style rainstorms are common in late afternoons in July and August.

Getting There

From I-25, head either north or south toward Santa Fe (depending on where you are coming from), and get onto highway 285/84 toward Los Alamos/Espanola. From Pojoaque head west on highway 502. Highway 502 will take you directly into the town of White Rock, follow the directions to each crag from there.

Other Resources:

Several Webguides to this area can be found at: lamountaineers.org/zLOCATE.…

"Jemez Rock" by M. Beverly is comprehensive.
"Rock Climbing: New Mexico" by D. Jackson has info on the most popular cliffs.

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Classic Climbing Routes at White Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 59
Princess Buttercup
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 53
R.O.U.S. (Rodents Of Unusual Size)
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 44
Headwall Crack Left
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 54
The Fire Swamp
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 62
99 Red Balloons
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 50
Once Were Warriors
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 47
Cholla Crack
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 43
Beginner's Hand Jam
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 36
Upper Kor's Crack
Trad, TR
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13
 42
Cholla Wall
Trad, TR
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 75
Holy Wall
Sport, TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 47
Way Beyond Zebra
Sport, TR
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 29
Wailing Banshees
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 33
Thorazine Dream
Sport, TR
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 34
Face Off
Sport, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Princess Buttercup Gallows Edge > Main Wall
 59
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
R.O.U.S. (Rodents Of Unusua… Gallows Edge > Main Wall
 53
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Headwall Crack Left Overlook > South/E side
 44
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
The Fire Swamp Gallows Edge > Main Wall
 54
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
99 Red Balloons Gallows Edge > Main Wall
 62
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Once Were Warriors Gallows Edge > Main Wall
 50
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Cholla Crack Overlook > South/E side
 47
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Beginner's Hand Jam Playground
 43
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Upper Kor's Crack Potrillo Cliffs
 36
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Cholla Wall Overlook > South/E side
 42
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13 Trad, TR
Holy Wall Overlook > South/E side
 75
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport, TR
Way Beyond Zebra Overlook > South/E side
 47
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, TR
Wailing Banshees Below The Old New Place
 29
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Thorazine Dream Overlook > South/E side
 33
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport, TR
Face Off Overlook > South/E side
 34
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, TR
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