Nuevo Bayamón Rock Climbing
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Nuevo Bayamón is the main crag in Puerto Rico due to its location within the main urban area and the number and variety of routes.
Many parts of this area are shady all day long, some are even in cave-like areas. When I was there it wasn't very crowded. I only saw one other couple climbing all day. Sometimes people walk up from the park to look around, but just spectators.
The limestone rock is nice. A mix of english-muffin cragginess and smooth candle-dripping laybacks.
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The crags are in the park Julio Enrique Monagas in the municipality of Bayamón.
Coordinates for parking:
Map of the hiking path that leads to the access trails for the crag:
Map of the crag, sectors, and access trails:
From San Juan get on Highway 22 West. Take exit 10 to Road 5. Stay in the right lane and take the first exit on the right. Turn left and then left again at the stop sign, making a left to go under the overpass on Road 28 (also known as Goya Road). Cross a traffic light and make the first right turn, after the Goya warehouse. Go straight through the first intersection and the park's gate is immediately on your left.
The park charges a parking fee, currently $4, 7am to about 2pm, when the gate attendant goes home. After the park gate, cross the parking lot and follow the road to the right. Right after passing this parking lot, turn right, which will take you to a second parking lot, within sight, between playgrounds and gazebos. Park here. This map has it detailed quite clearly: https://osm.org/go/Y0SufmJ~j--?m=
From the parking lot, hike up the tar road that heads towards the woods. Pass under a rain shelter structure onto a thin and paved path. It will curve sharply to the right, past several mountain bike trails. Right after, you'll spot a cement post with a carabiner picture. (Cairn stack has been removed) Take the mountain bike trail that goes to the left and uphill from here. Keep your eyes and ears open for bicyclists. As you hike up, keep right at the first junction and left at the second junction. When you come out into a clearing or open area, there’s another carabiner picture keep hiking straight ahead and up. Pass the wooden benches, on your right.
At the uphill left bend of the road right after the wooden benches, you'll have the first of two access trails on your right. It takes you to the sectors El Elefante, El Bloque, El Mamón, and further away. If instead you follow the left bend in the road uphill, there is a second access trail on your right side that will take you to the sectors El Pasillo, La Escalera, and El Puente. Lastly, if you walk all the way up to the observation tower, there is an access trail in the back of the turn as you circle the tower, which leads to the Ground Zero sector.
Climbing When Rainy
Pasillo - the go-to for rainy moments, the back half is protected from moderate amounts of rain and features routes from 5.8 to 5.11
Ground Zero - two caverns that stay dry in moderate rain
Urticaria East - the route "Urticaria" is especially likely to stay dry after small amounts of rain and its neighboring routes will dry up shortly after
El Bloque - the part facing the Urticaria East sector has a 5.11 and a 5.12 that are overhanging. Also, the rock formation is a free-standing pillar so if the wind is blowing the rain one way (most days from the east) then the opposite side might be dry.
El Lado Oscuro - short overhanging wall
Classic Climbing Routes at Nuevo Bayamón
Days w Precip