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Routes in Church Rock

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Elevation: 6,686 ft
GPS: 35.558, -108.602 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Camster (Rhymes with Hamster) on Jun 19, 2007 with updates from David Miller
Admins: Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski
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Description

A two-pitch tower along I-40, that has a classic route on it. It has appeared on the cover of numerous general travel guides to NM.

Getting There

The best way to access the base of Churchrock is from Red Rock State Park, in the town of Churchrock just off I-40 east of Gallup. Leave the interstate at exit 26 (if coming from the west) or exit 33 (if coming from the east) and follow the frontage road and signs to Red Rock State Park. The trail starts from the Post Office in the park (not the Pyramid Trail). Park your car at the Post Office and walk north towards the redrock; you'll see the trail sign. The trail is marked along its length with LARGE cairns (thanks to Gallup YCC) and winds generally north through the gullies. After about a mile, the main trail bends east and heads away from Churchrock, following a prominent bench of pink rimrock. There is a small side trail marked with a small cairn that splits off at this point to head directly towards Churchrock. Follow this trail; it dissolves into a maze of animal tracks, but will eventually lead you past the west side of Churchrock. Circle around and scramble up easy slickrock (2nd class max) on the north side to access the tower. This approach takes maybe 30-40 mins if you don't get lost. It also allows you to stay on public land rather than traipsing through private property, so PLEASE go this way. (Per comment below from Alex Nees)

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Anthony Stout
Albuquerque, NM
Anthony Stout   Albuquerque, NM  
Quite a vague description for the location posted here. I am assuming that there is probably good reason for that. For more detailed information on how to get to this tower one can look at the Gallup Guide. Jun 22, 2007
Yeah, Anthony. Sorry about that. I was in the back of a pickup and couldn't tell where, exactly, we were going. The access was up (north) a road east of the Church Rock area, then we drove back down south and west to reach it. About the best I can do. Apologies. I remember it being a really fun route, though. Jun 22, 2007
Alexander Nees
Grand Junction, CO
Alexander Nees   Grand Junction, CO
The best way to access the base of Churchrock is from Red Rock State Park, in the town of Churchrock just off I-40 east of Gallup. Leave the interstate at exit 26 (if coming from the west) or exit 33 (if coming from the east) and follow the frontage road and signs to Red Rock State Park. The trail starts from the Post Office in the park (not the Pyramid Trail). Park your car at the Post Office and walk north towards the redrock; you'll see the trail sign. The trail is marked along its length with LARGE cairns (thanks to Gallup YCC) and winds generally north through the gullies. After about a mile, the main trail bends east and heads away from Churchrock, following a prominent bench of pink rimrock. There is a small side trail marked with a small cairn that splits off at this point to head directly towards Churchrock. Follow this trail; it dissolves into a maze of animal tracks, but will eventually lead you past the west side of Churchrock. Circle around and scramble up easy slickrock (2nd class max) on the north side to access the tower. This approach takes maybe 30-40 mins if you don't get lost. It also allows you to stay on public land rather than traipsing through private property, so PLEASE go this way. May 14, 2008
Thanks, Alexander. Good Descript. May 16, 2008

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