Potrillo Cliffs Rock Climbing
|GPS:||35.794, -106.216 Google Map · Climbing Area Map|
|Page Views:||12,102 total · 98/month|
|Shared By:||George Perkins on Feb 1, 2008|
|Admins:||Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski|
Getting weather forecast...
DescriptionPotrillo 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 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.
The route numbers on this page coincide with those in that online guide.
Getting ThereTake 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 Rd. Follow Estante around a left turn and park when you see a fire hydrant on the right side, near the address of 428 Estante Road. Please do not block the hydrant or the mailboxes. Take the trail between mailbox 428 and the fire hydrant 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- this last part is 3rd class (May be challenging for some dogs or little kids without help). Should take about 10 minutes.
Classic Climbing Routes at Potrillo Cliffs
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
Days w Precip
Prime Climbing Season