Elevation: 5,465 ft
GPS: 32.918, -107.607 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Anthony Stout on Jan 24, 2006
Admins: Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski
Access Issue: Private Property Details

Description

A fun crag tucked underneath NM Highway 152. Climbed since the 1980's a handful of bolted and trad routes can be found here and there exists potential for more route development. Most of the cliff receives direct sun but there are numerous willows to provide shade in the canyon. The willows have choked up the canyon directly below some routes, and some bushwhacking is needed to get to the base of the climb and even to reach the first or second bolt. If water is present, it can be difficult to get to the base of some climbs, as there will be pools directly under portions of the cliff. [edited by Aaron Hobson]

Getting There

From I-25, take Hillsboro exit going west. Go (slowly) through the town of Hillsboro. A few minutes past the town, the road goes uphill and makes a sharp turn right. Park at the pullout on the left just before the bridge. There is a sign for the old Percha Creek bridge. Hop over rock wall, go down to the creek, and walk to the right a few hundred feet. Climbs are on your right side on the east side of the creek.(Taken directly from miniguide topo, author: Kelly and Susan Elverum).

Note: The GPS Coordinates above are to the town of Hillsboro. I do not have the coordinates to the location of the crag. Will post when I do.

Resources

nmsu.edu/~geology/amato/hil…

(This same guide is posted as a picture to the right or below.)

Dennis Jackson's guide book, Rock Climbing New Mexico (2006) has a section on Percha Creek which covers all of the routes in the Elverum topo, as well as a few more.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Percha Creek, Hillsboro

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
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Kingston Chronic
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 15
Barber Shop Cafe
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 10
New Kids on the Block
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 6
The Nipple
Sport
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Kingston Chronic
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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Barber Shop Cafe
 15
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
New Kids on the Block
 10
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
The Nipple
 6
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
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