Elevation: 7,388 ft
GPS: 35.728, -106.624 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: LeeAB Brinckerhoff on Oct 15, 2008 · Updates
Admins: Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski
Access Issue: April 26, 2022 - Jemez Mountains closure order Details

Description

Relatively sheltered compared to the other Ponderosa areas. Lots of big trees providing shade, and reasonably wind free. Rock quality varies dramatically in this area, from really good to awfully bad depending on where you are.

Getting There

Continue past The Pond parking on the forest service road, past the campground, through some switch backs, eventually cutting across a hillside that rises on your right. Look through the trees to your left for a buried water tank, it looks like a satellite dish flipped upside down. Turn onto a faint side road that goes past this and turns to near parallel the main road in the bottom of the valley, eventually deadending at a triangular shaped boulder about 12-15' tall. Park and climb. The turn off is about 4 miles from where the road turns to dirt or 1 mile past the silver gate that can close off the road. The side road is also recognizable by a couple of piles of granite blocks that are right by the side of the road where the FS has tried to block this side road.

If you come to a hair pin turn in the back of the valley going left, you have gone too far. Some areas here are actually better approached from above this hair pin and will be detailed in those areas.

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