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GPS: 35.8796, -106.2955
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There is a great array of crags near the town of Los Alamos, on the various rhyolite outcrops and canyons nearby. The Dungeon area is the hardman sport climbing area nearby and sees frequent visits, but most of the other areas are obscure and have very little information published in guidebooks. Most locals climb mainly at White Rock or the Dungeon. For those who don't mind hiking 10-15 minutes, the crags and canyons in Los Alamos are worth exploring and have a lot of potential.

- The Dungeon: The best and most popular crag nearby. Premier overhung rhyolite sport climbing in a beautiful setting. A great summer area.

- The Back Rocks: North of Clifty in upper Rendia Canyon with about 20 routes.

- Clifty: A Rhyolite crag near the town of Los Alamos. A nice get-away for locals.

- Upper Clifty: On the top of The Clifty Hill and can be seen from the north community of Los Alamos.

- Y, The: hosts 45' crack climbs in a narrow portion of lower Los Alamos Canyon. A good choice for basalt climbing in Los Alamos/White Rock in the summer.

- Los Alamos Canyon: A selection of ice and rock climbs can be found in Los Alamos Canyon, just south of the town of Los Alamos.

- School Canyon: A vast tuff crag with lots of potential for route development and lots of fun bouldering. Most of the routes are pretty short but tend to offer stiff and entertaining climbing.

- Pueblo Canyon: Decent quality streambed bouldering area as well as longer cracks on less-than-perfect rock.

- other undocumented areas: Lots of excellent bouldering and other climbing can be found in the hills and canyons near Los Alamos for those willing to explore. Go find it!

Getting There Suggest change

From I-25, head either north or south toward Santa Fe (depending on where you are coming from), and get onto highway 285/84 toward Pojoaque. From Pojoaque head west on highway 502. Highway 502 will take you to the Los Alamos/White Rock split. Follow highway 501 to Los Alamos, and look at individual area directions from there.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Los Alamos Crags

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
WI4
 5
The Coca Cola Classic
Trad, Ice
M5
 4
Grandpa Greenwall
Sport, Mixed
V0- 4-
 6
The Handrail Traverse
Boulder
V0+ 4+
 8
Standard Exit
Boulder
V1 5
 7
Waterfall Boulder Middle aka Unk…
Boulder
V1+ 5
 4
Inundator
Boulder
V1+ 5
 4
Vertical Sloth
Boulder
V2 5+
 8
Knob Goblin'
Boulder
V3 6A
 7
Nard Gargler
Boulder
V3 6A
 4
Vortex
Boulder
V3+ 6A+
 14
The Donkey Punch
Boulder
V4 6B
 7
Knob Goblin (PFVP)
Boulder
V6 7A
 4
Maelstrom
Boulder
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 5
Interpretation of Creation
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Coca Cola Classic Los Alamos Canyon > Los Alamos Canyon Ice…
 5
WI4 Trad, Ice
Grandpa Greenwall Los Alamos Canyon > Los Alamos Canyon Ice…
 4
M5 Sport, Mixed
The Handrail Traverse Pueblo Canyon A… > N Rd. West
 6
V0- 4- Boulder
Standard Exit Pueblo Canyon A… > N Rd. West
 8
V0+ 4+ Boulder
Waterfall Boulder Middle ak… Pueblo Canyon A… > N Rd. West
 7
V1 5 Boulder
Inundator Pueblo Canyon A… > N Rd. West
 4
V1+ 5 Boulder
Vertical Sloth Pueblo Canyon A… > School Canyon > Homestead Bridge
 4
V1+ 5 Boulder
Knob Goblin' Pueblo Canyon A… > N Rd. West
 8
V2 5+ Boulder
Nard Gargler Pueblo Canyon A… > N Rd. West
 7
V3 6A Boulder
Vortex Pueblo Canyon A… > School Canyon > Homestead Bridge
 4
V3 6A Boulder
The Donkey Punch Pueblo Canyon A… > N Rd. West
 14
V3+ 6A+ Boulder
Knob Goblin (PFVP) Pueblo Canyon A… > N Rd. West
 7
V4 6B Boulder
Maelstrom Pueblo Canyon A… > School Canyon > Homestead Bridge
 4
V6 7A Boulder
Interpretation of Creation Mitchell Trail… > Clifty
 5
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
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