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Getting There

Pirated from Ponderosa Bouldering since these are directions to The Pond specifically.

From any direction, the easiest way to get to Ponderosa is via Highway 4, then go east in northern Jemez Pueblo on Highway 290 aka Forest Road 10 towards the town of Ponderosa. After you pass the only bar in Ponderosa, it is 2.6 miles to the parking area. After you pass an irrigation pond, look for the turn to the left. This is parking for the lower area. I can't tell you how to get to the upper area because I haven't been.

From the north, it is easier to turn left off of Highway 4 near the mailboxes between mile markers 33 and 34. There's also a sign saying to turn left here for Ponderosa. From here, you follow Forest Road 10 for ~15 miles, hoping you stay on FR 10 and not some other road. I went this way, but I can't tell you the exact mileage because at one point, the signs indicating you're still on 10 become rare and the road gets worse (and I turned around to see if any other roads were better - they weren't). But if you follow the straight-looking way at any intersection, you'll get there. After ~13 miles, you come upon the aforementioned national forest campground, then right before the pond, turn a soft right into the parking area.

From the gate at the end of the parking area, follow the 'road' westward towards the north end of the pond. From here, most boulders are further west, climbing a gentle ridge via a good trail, however the Cube is more northward (and visible) up the wash.

The GPS location is somewhere in the middle of the climbing.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Pond

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V2 5+
 16
KFAD arete
Boulder
V2-3 5+
 4
Daytona
Boulder
V3- 6A
 34
Spitoon AKA: The Scoop
Boulder
V3 6A
 10
Picture Perfect
Boulder
V3 6A
 8
Fannie Mae
Boulder
V3 6A
 3
Sick On Hydrox
Boulder
V4 6B
 8
Cowboy Up, AKA: The Tall Arete
Boulder
V4-5 6B+
 13
Dot Dot Space, AKA: V5 ArĂȘte
Boulder
V6 7A
 3
The Joker
Boulder
V7 7A+
 16
King for a Day
Boulder
V7 7A+
 7
NASCAR traverse
Boulder
V7 7A+
 3
Mario Andretti finish
Boulder
V10+ 7C+
 4
Mario Andretti
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
KFAD arete King for a Day Boulder
 16
V2 5+ Boulder
Daytona NASCAR Boulder
 4
V2-3 5+ Boulder
Spitoon AKA: The Scoop Scoop Boulder
 34
V3- 6A Boulder
Picture Perfect Picture Perfect Boulder
 10
V3 6A Boulder
Fannie Mae Fannie Mae
 8
V3 6A Boulder
Sick On Hydrox King for a Day Boulder
 3
V3 6A Boulder
Cowboy Up, AKA: The Tall Arete Scoop Boulder
 8
V4 6B Boulder
Dot Dot Space, AKA: V5 ArĂȘte King for a Day Boulder
 13
V4-5 6B+ Boulder
The Joker King for a Day Boulder
 3
V6 7A Boulder
King for a Day King for a Day Boulder
 16
V7 7A+ Boulder
NASCAR traverse NASCAR Boulder
 7
V7 7A+ Boulder
Mario Andretti finish NASCAR Boulder
 3
V7 7A+ Boulder
Mario Andretti NASCAR Boulder
 4
V10+ 7C+ Boulder
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LeeAB Brinckerhoff   ABQ, NM  
Could one of the addministrators move all the info from Poderosa Bouldering into this as there are at least 4 other areas in the poderosa region. The Corral, The Satillite, Marlbaro? Country (the cigarette), and another area between the Corral and Marlbaro.

Since I've added some of the other areas, the ones that belong here are The scoop, King for a Day, The Cube, Nascar and Resivor Dogs. Oct 15, 2008
William Penner
The 505
William Penner   The 505
The Range aka Marlboro Country (really more American Spirit country) and the Mega Blocs, the area between The Range and Corral, comprise way more stone than the Pond. One Ponderosa bouldering area would be the best way to organize all the sub-locations like the Ponds.

FS road 296 up to the Corral and points beyond is currently closed until the feds fix a bridge. The road is unlikely to open any time soon. Oct 15, 2008
LeeAB Brinckerhoff   ABQ, NM  
Well, at least American Spirit is easier to spell. I'm glad you agree that the Pondarosa area could use some reorginization. I don't know the milages or the land marks to get to Marlboro Country or the Mega Blocs, though I could get there myself, I don't think I could describe it and get anyone else there. Could you put that up Williampenner? I agree that at least at Marlboro Country there are way more problems than any of the other areas. This is due to the fact that in general all the stone there is good enough to climb. It is also quite a pretty little canyon. Any idea if they would let you ride a mountain bike to the corral, I mean the stream is not exactly huge? Oct 15, 2008
Spencer Gillespie
Albuquerque NM
Spencer Gillespie   Albuquerque NM
I went to this spot and honestly didnt like it. The climbs on it were either to easy or to hard with nothing in between. The area was cool but not great for climbing Jul 10, 2012
Owen S.
Los Alamos
Owen S.   Los Alamos
In the spirit of earth day 2013, we cleaned two bags full of trash out of pond parking lot yesterday. Note, 99% of this is from non-climbers, presumably local youth who like to go down there and party. Apr 21, 2013