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Areas in White Rock

Below The Old New Place 14 / 21 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 35
Big Enchilada, The 31 / 2 / 35 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 38
Coffee Shop (aka Quickstop) 1 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Crack House (aka Estante Edge), The 6 / 0 / 11 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 16
Doughnut Shop, The 4 / 3 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Gallows Edge 9 / 17 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 27
Lounge, The 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
New New Place 15 / 0 / 16 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 16
Old New Place 18 / 0 / 23 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 23
Overlook, The 26 / 42 / 30 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 71
Pajarito Gorge 24 / 3 / 25 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 30
Playground, The 37 / 1 / 41 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 43
Potrillo Cliffs 31 / 2 / 35 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 35
River Crag, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Sewer Crag, The 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Sununu Place 1 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Tortilla Flats 16 / 0 / 15 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 17

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
 52
Princess Buttercup
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 47
R.O.U.S. (Rodents Of Unusual Size)
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 41
Headwall Crack Left
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 48
The Fire Swamp
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 52
99 Red Balloons
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 41
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
 33
Upper Kor's Crack
Trad, TR
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13
 39
Cholla Wall
Trad, TR
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 66
Holy Wall
Sport, TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 41
Way Beyond Zebra
Sport, TR
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 27
Wailing Banshees
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 27
Thorazine Dream
Sport, TR
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 27
Face Off
Sport, TR
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 24
Monsterpiece Theatre
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Princess Buttercup Gallows Edge > Main Wall
 52
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
R.O.U.S. (Rodents Of Unusua… Gallows Edge > Main Wall
 47
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Headwall Crack Left Overlook > South/E side
 41
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
The Fire Swamp Gallows Edge > Main Wall
 48
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
99 Red Balloons Gallows Edge > Main Wall
 52
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Cholla Crack Overlook > South/E side
 41
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
 33
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Cholla Wall Overlook > South/E side
 39
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13 Trad, TR
Holy Wall Overlook > South/E side
 66
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport, TR
Way Beyond Zebra Overlook > South/E side
 41
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, TR
Wailing Banshees Below The Old New Place
 27
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Thorazine Dream Overlook > South/E side
 27
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport, TR
Face Off Overlook > South/E side
 27
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, TR
Monsterpiece Theatre Below The Old New Place
 24
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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Randy Carmichael
Boulder, CO
Randy Carmichael   Boulder, CO
The on-line guide book is excellent, but I would encourage posting routes here too in order to get the climbing communities wisdom and perspective. May 4, 2006
Terry J. Miller
La Villita, NM
Terry J. Miller   La Villita, NM
I have been out of climbing for nearly twenty years and am now back. I have checked this site against Rock & Ice #40 and old printed guides. I am finding many grade changes and general bashing of those that developed these areas into "modern sport routes". Please stop. The rock never has cared and never will care. Just climb and pick up trash on the way out. May 6, 2012
tony m
frisco
tony m   frisco
Terry, that is good advise for any area. thank you. i have seen too many crags littered and just disrespected. we are supposed to be a GOOD example for others. Apr 7, 2013
I want to let anyone who intends to go climbing in the vicinity of Gallows Edge and the Old New Place to be aware of some idiots who throw rocks from the cliff above Gallows Edge at about 8:25 on June 25. My daughter and I had just finished climbing at Gallows Edge when a rock came flying and landed less than three feet from my head. We yelled at them, but the rocks kept coming. We called the police and they eventually left before the police arrived. Jun 26, 2013
FOUND: 4/7/17
4 locking biners attached to two slings, clearly used as an anchor- found on the approach by the overlook

Text me if they are yours including the color of marking tape!
207-752-7759 May 7, 2017
Area currently closed by Los Alamos County. Jun 13, 2018

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