Elevation: 6,200 ft
GPS: 36.534, -105.708 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Mike Howard on Dec 13, 2006 · Updates
Admins: Mike Howard, Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski
Access Issue: Access Issue for Areas in BLM Taos Field Office Lands Details

Description

South-facing basalt wall right off dirt road. Has around twenty routes and is a small sport/trad area. This wall is one of the toastiest winter walls in the area, but can be unbearable in the summer.
The oldest established climbing area in the gorge, as such the fixed gear can be sketchy. Watch out for bad bolts, loose rock, and worn out chains. 

Getting There

From Taos, go north on highway 522 to Arroyo Hondo about 10 miles. Turn left at Arroyo Hondo. Follow dirt road about 2 miles, bearing right at fork. Almost down at the Rio Grande River, a small basalt roadside wall appears on right just after bridge over the Rio Hondo. There are about 20 routes. There are hot springs about 1/4 mile downstream on the western bank of the Rio Grande. To enjoy the Black Rock Spring, turn Left after the bridge and drive up this road to park at the first turn. Follow a faint trail downstream. Bring a trashbag and do your part to keep it clean, favor.

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Classic Climbing Routes at John's Wall

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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
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The Houston S
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 9
Bulges
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
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The Nose
Sport
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The Houston S
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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Bulges
 9
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
The Nose
 7
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
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