Routes in Miner's Crag
|Ah-Ah Arete S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c|
|Amalgamation T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a|
|Angle of Repose T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Barney Rubble S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c|
|Black Diamond T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Blood Diamond T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a|
|Butterscotch Corner T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Butterscotch TR TR 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b|
|Chest of Drawers T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13|
|Claimjumper? S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b|
|Clean Slate T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Contributing to the Delinquency of a Miner T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|Core Sample S 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a|
|Crack of Five T 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c|
|Deep Purple T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a|
|Diamond Toprope TR 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c|
|Diamond in the Rough S 5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c|
|Dirty Low Down T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a|
|Fools Gold T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|Gold Flake Arete S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c|
|Gold Pan S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Hippie Crack T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a|
|Hippie Joe's Face S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c|
|Jawbone T 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c|
|Lode S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c|
|Major Miner S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b|
|Miner Delay T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a|
|Miner League S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b|
|Miner Threat S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a|
|Miner's Crack T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a|
|Miner's Lung S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b|
|Mother S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b|
|Mr. Slate S 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c|
|Project (J&Joel) T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c|
|Project/Toprope TR 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b|
|Reclamation T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13|
|Strike It Rich! S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c|
|Tailings Pile T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a|
|Tin Cup T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Unknown (26) T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b|
|Use Your Words S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b|
|Vein T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13|
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DescriptionSecluded Sport and Trad crack climbing on the West Side of the Rio Grande Gorge North of John Dunn Bridge. This is a "funky" area, some people have raved about the climbing here, while others have walked away without climbing. The cliff although very solid is scary looking with many fractures and sits above a rough dusty base.The climbing is well featured with lots of flat edges,crimps and cracks on mostly vertical to slightly overhanging basalt. The routes tend to be close together and short. Although a few sport routes are now 30 meters. The sport routes are well equipped and climb steep faces and aretes on solid rock. The trad routes follow cracks in faces and corners. Although there is typically ample pro the cracks can be jagged and be hollow or have some small loose rocks in the cracks. Expect tricky gear placements!
Getting ThereFrom the John Dunn Bridge Area described in the guide book Taos Rock or The Arroyo Hondo/Seco area follow road past John's wall up switch backs to the west rim above John Dunn Bridge. Turn right (North) on well maintained Montoso road (towards houses). Continue on this road for 1.6 miles. stay right at fork past last house onto two track (high clearance/4WD if wet). Continue 2.5 miles stay on main track then right at fork and park at Miner's trail head. Note: Don't get caught in a rainstorm here. If you do it may be wise to wait until road dries before trying to drive out. Check out ariel view above for Google maps.
From Town of Taos or locations such as Tres Piedras it may be better to approach this crag from NM highway 64 west of the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, a bit further but faster driving: Turn North at mile marker 236 onto Montoso rd (dirt toward Chiflo Mountain (currently signed only on the East side). Pass over cattle guard and continue on this road for 3.7 miles. Now turn left (North) and follow directions above from Montoso Rd.
From parking: Do not go down the main trail head, sometimes signed, Miner's Trail.
Walk back Southeast on two track road (closed to vehicles?). Look for faint cairned climber's trail on your left when "road" goes down small hill at first rock outcrops (about 1/4 mile).
Then follow cairns down steep trail into Rio Grande Gorge (about 10 minutes) and eventually traverse right through loose "shale trail" at base of cliff for about 5 more minutes. Beware this trail has a few loose exposed sections. The cliff sits about midway between the rim and the river. About 20 minutes from car park.
Click on "Aerial photo/map" link above for approximate locale.
Great Camping, Mountain Biking, Hiking abound. The Class II whitewater run from Miner's trail to John Dunn Bridge (Middle Box) is a nice casual paddle with one real rapid at "Horsethief Shorty".
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