Upper East Fork (UEF) Rock Climbing
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On July 1, 2020, the New Mexico state governor issued an executive order (cv.nmhealth.org/wp-content/…) requiring all visitors from out of state to self-isolate or self-quarantine for a period of at least 14 days from the date of their entry into the State of New Mexico or for the duration of their presence in the State, whichever is shorter. The terms "self-isolate" or "self-quarantine" refer the voluntary physical separation of a person or group of people in a residence or other place of lodging. Any person who is self-isolating or self-quarantining may only leave a residence or place of lodging to receive medical care and should not allow others into the residence or place of lodging except for those providing medical care, emergency response, or other individuals designated by the New Mexico Department of Health.
The executive order also closes all New Mexico State Parks to non-NM residents.
This Executive Order shall take effect on July 1, 2020 and shall remain in effect through the duration of the public health emergency declared in Executive Order 2020-004 and any extensions of that emergency declaration or until it is rescinded.
Additionally, NM state guidance requires all persons to wear a mask anytime they are out in public, including outdoor recreation areas.
From the parking area, go through the fence and immediately turn left to hike across a rock slab to a solid trail paralleling the highway before going up and over the ridge and down to the river.
At the river, most will go downstream (left) a hundred yards towards the obvious walls and cross the river on a good, small wooden bridge and go left. Approach time from the parking lot to the bridge is about fifteen minutes. Just after the bridge crossing, the first major formation you'll reach is the Bull Horn.
Continue about twenty yards downstream of the Bull Horn to reach the Monster Wall. The climbing area, and stream, remain unimpacted by the Las Conchas fire, thankfully. Likely thanks in large part to the fire crews that created this new trail as a fire break.
Alternatively, after passing through the fence by the parking area, continue North on main trail until you reach a clearing and meadow on your left (west). Follow cairns, logs, and bull dozer track west along the southern most drainage of the meadow. The trail will gain the ridgeline that, after heading southwest, will intersect the standard approach trail descending into the canyon and the river.
Spaghetti Western Wall is another quarter mile downstream from the Monster Wall, on the same side of the river. You'll likely get a bit wet crossing the stream twice to get down to Spaghetti Western.
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