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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.

391 Total Climbs

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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
 63
Princess Buttercup
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 57
R.O.U.S. (Rodents Of Unusual Size)
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 47
Headwall Crack Left
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 62
The Fire Swamp
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 68
99 Red Balloons
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 54
Once Were Warriors
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 48
Cholla Crack
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 45
Beginner's Hand Jam
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 37
Upper Kor's Crack
Trad, TR
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13
 43
Cholla Wall
Trad, TR
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 78
Holy Wall
Sport, TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 50
Way Beyond Zebra
Sport, TR
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 32
Wailing Banshees
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 39
Thorazine Dream
Sport, TR
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 40
Face Off
Sport, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Princess Buttercup Gallows Edge > Main Wall
 63
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
R.O.U.S. (Rodents Of Unusua… Gallows Edge > Main Wall
 57
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Headwall Crack Left Overlook > South/E side
 47
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
The Fire Swamp Gallows Edge > Main Wall
 62
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
99 Red Balloons Gallows Edge > Main Wall
 68
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Once Were Warriors Gallows Edge > Main Wall
 54
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Cholla Crack Overlook > South/E side
 48
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Beginner's Hand Jam Playground
 45
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Upper Kor's Crack Potrillo Cliffs
 37
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Cholla Wall Overlook > South/E side
 43
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13 Trad, TR
Holy Wall Overlook > South/E side
 78
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport, TR
Way Beyond Zebra Overlook > South/E side
 50
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, TR
Wailing Banshees Below The Old New Place
 32
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Thorazine Dream Overlook > South/E side
 39
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport, TR
Face Off Overlook > South/E side
 40
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, TR
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