Elevation: 8,082 ft
GPS: 36.98, -104.394 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Description

Pronounced Sugar-reet. A 40-50' basalt cliff with a variety of fun vertical cracks & face climbs. Climbs have all been led, but toproping is possible on virtually all climbs: anchors (often bolts) are easily set up (you may need a longer stretch of webbing/rope for some of the climbs). The altitude (around 8,000') means that climbing can be nice even in the summer; however, the cliff faces SE, so it may get too warm even here.
Rock quality on the established climbs is usually very good.

Online guide information, excerpted from D. Jackson's Rock Climbing New Mexico book, can be found at cimarronnm.com/uploads/2/3/…

Getting There

Sugarite is NE of the town of Raton, NM. Raton is about 20 miles south of the Colorado border on Interstate 25. To get to the cliff: take exit 452 onto Highway 72. Follow 72 east and take a mild left onto 526 (signs point the way to Sugarite). As you travel up this road and enter the park, you will either need to pay the day-use fee ($5 in 2008) at the kiosk, or continue up to your campground (you pay either the day-use fee or the camping fee [$10], not both). About 2.5 miles past the visitor center (has free showers!) is a dirt road leading left to Soda Pocket Campground. The campground is just under 2 miles up the road (and is the logical place to stay if climbing), but the parking for the climbing is just after a corral (~1.3 miles from the turn). The main trail, "Little Horse Mesa" trail leaves from the right side of the road near a sign that says "No horses or mules beyond this point".
Approach the cliff-top from this trail: (it heads up the valley for a half mile or so, splits to the right (this is signed well), hump up the steep, but short hill and then walk the half mile back to the top of the cliff. You will know you are close when you see a dry lake bed on your left.
There is another trail that leads to the bottom of the cliff; it starts by taking the main trail to the right from the parking area for 3-400 yards. If you can spot the cairns, follow the faint trail through brambles and talus to the base. ( I would recommend the clifftop trail on your first visit, then leave via the other trail so you know where it goes....)

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Classic Climbing Routes at Sugarite Canyon State Park

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 12
Pete's Downclimb
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 4
Up Your Arete
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 16
Salt Mother
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 24
Crack Head
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 9
Right on Raton
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 23
Great Roof Left
Trad, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13
 6
Endless Summer
Trad, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 13
Jam Your Blues Away
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 14
Sangre Verde
Sport, TR
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 8
Taos Lightning
Trad, TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 10
S&M Crack
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Pete's Downclimb Little Horse Mesa
 12
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Up Your Arete Little Horse Mesa
 4
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Salt Mother Little Horse Mesa
 16
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Crack Head Little Horse Mesa
 24
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Right on Raton Little Horse Mesa
 9
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Great Roof Left Little Horse Mesa
 23
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Endless Summer Little Horse Mesa
 6
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13 Trad, TR
Jam Your Blues Away Little Horse Mesa
 13
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, TR
Sangre Verde Little Horse Mesa
 14
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, TR
Taos Lightning Little Horse Mesa
 8
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR
S&M Crack Little Horse Mesa
 10
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
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