Potrillo Cliffs Rock Climbing
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It's a great place for the beginning trad leader, as the cliff is short, hosts many 5.6-5.9 routes, and the pro is great. The cliff is a little shorter than most at White Rock (45'), but for the more experienced there are a few harder climbs.
Some climbs may have bolted anchors, but be prepared to build anchors by tying off the trees or with trad gear (which is recommended).
A detailed guide is found here, with photos showing the routes.
GETTING TO THE PARKING:
Take NM state road 4 just south of White Rock, turn onto Monterey South. Stay on Monterey South, turn right on Potrillo Rd. Then turn right on Estante Way. Follow Estante Way around a left turn and park when you see a fire hydrant on the right side, near the address of 428 Estante Way. Please do not block the hydrant or the mailboxes. Google Map link to parking.
GETTING TO THE CLIFF:
Take the trail between mailbox 428 and the fire hydrant. Stay right at a fork early on (the left fork goes to Big Enchilada), and follow this trail to a large gate and a sign. 75' after the gate, head left on a trail to the cliff top. To get to the base, scramble down the east side of the cliffs (climber's right) - this last part is 3rd class (May be challenging for some dogs or little kids without help). Approach should take about 10 minutes.
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