Las Conchas Rock Climbing
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That said, Las Conchas is a year-round climbing destination. The wind-sheltered, south-facing walls of K) Easy Bake Alcove, J) Hidden Tower, M) Retirement Wall and N) The Subdivisions are ideal in the heart of winter given a sunny, calm day.
From Albuquerque, take I-25 North to Bernalillo and exit at highway 550 (exit #242, DON'T miss this exit, the next exit does not come for many miles). Follow 550 to San Ysidro and head North on state road 4 for about 36 miles. You will drive past picturesque Jemez Springs, Battleship Rock, the small community of La Cueva, just beyond Las Conchas camping area to the second pull out by a well-traveled trail and meadow on your left. From Los Alamos or Santa Fe (or from the north), it is faster to reach the same area by taking NM-4 into the Jemez near Bandelier NP, passing the Valle Grande meadow (watch for elk) and reaching the same meadow.
The obvious cliff seen through the meadow on the north side of the road is A) Cattle Call Wall Area. Most of the other cliffs are downstream, following a trail that begins on the west side of the creek. The Las Conchas sectors here on Mountain Project are listed alphabetically, A through N, from closest to the highway to the furthest from the highway.
*'Jemez Rock' is the most complete guide to the area
*'Rock Climbing: New Mexico also covers the area
*Samet & Jett's out-of-print Sport Climbing New Mexico guide can be found in pdf format on the LA Mountaineers site. It's older, so some newer climbs are missing.
*Topos for Cattle Call Wall and Gateway Rock (the most popular cliffs closest to the parking) are posted on the LA Mountaineers website here
*Drone video showing a lot of Las Conchas, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uBXrP9DXs0
Classic Climbing Routes at Las Conchas
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