Elevation: 6,258 ft
GPS: 35.794, -106.216 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: George Perkins on Feb 1, 2008 · Updates
Admins: Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski
Access Issue: May 7, 2022 - Los Alamos County Stage 3 (Full Closure) Fire Restrictions Details
Access Issue: May 7, 2022 - Los Alamos County Stage 3 (Full Closure) Fire Restrictions Details

Description

Potrillo Cliffs is the primo beginner toproping/trad area in White Rock, and was the first major basalt cliff "discovered" for climbing in White Rock. The cliff has two faces: one facing south, and one facing west, so you can find sun or shade as you like.

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.
lamountaineers.org/pdf/Potr…

Getting There

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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Classic Climbing Routes at Potrillo Cliffs

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 25
Car Camping with the Kids
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 20
Pillars of Hercules (left var.)
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 48
Cindy's Chimney
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 25
Pillars of Hercules (right var.)
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 24
Chuckwalla
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 8
Pieces of Eight
Trad, TR
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 15
Gymnast
Trad, TR
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 18
Heron's Fissure
Trad, TR
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 11
Belly Flop
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 14
Cave Route Center
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 48
Upper Kor's Crack
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 4
Jane
Trad, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 15
Left Cave Route
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 12
Call of the Crane
Trad, TR
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 20
Lower Kor's Crack
Trad, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Car Camping with the Kids
 25
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Pillars of Hercules (left v…
 20
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Cindy's Chimney
 48
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Pillars of Hercules (right…
 25
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Chuckwalla
 24
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Pieces of Eight
 8
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Gymnast
 15
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Heron's Fissure
 18
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Belly Flop
 11
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Cave Route Center
 14
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Upper Kor's Crack
 48
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Jane
 4
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Left Cave Route
 15
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, TR
Call of the Crane
 12
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, TR
Lower Kor's Crack
 20
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR
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