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Routes in Lower Mound (western cluster of boulders)

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There are a few good problems on the balancing boulder, on the south, east, and north sides. The problems on the north side of the balancing boulder and the adjacent northern aspect of the big boulder (to the west) are hard and rather awkward - one has a wicked rockover that tweaked my meniscus. The south face of the big boulder is a nice place to end the day, particularly on cooler evenings, as it catches the last rays of sun.

Getting There

This clump of boulders is separated from the upper clumps by a little saddle, with a wide hiking trail running through it (trail goes north-south). The major landmark which can be seen well from various vantage points is a large roundish boulder (about the size of a VW bus or minivan, depending on your vintage) that balances on a pedestal. There's a well-worn trail from the saddle that leads directly to the balancing boulder, and then to the big boulder beyond.

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LeeAB Brinckerhoff   ABQ, NM  
Everyone I know refers to this as Lower Mound. Feb 26, 2009

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