Use onX Backcountry to explore the terrain in 3D, view recent satellite imagery, and more. Now available in onX Backcountry Mobile apps! For more information see this post.
Elevation: 6,016 ft 1,834 m
GPS: 38.89077, -108.50869
Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 111,062 total · 958/month
Shared By: Nick Reecy on Nov 13, 2014
Admins: Jesse Zacher, Bradley Mark Edwards, Nick Reecy, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

Description Suggest change

The Mecca area is the first group of boulders encountered when heading west from the green gate parking area. Most of the boulders in the group are exposed and receive plenty of sunshine making it an ideal winter destination, but the lack of shade can make for a blistering summer session. Snow melt and heavy rain can turn the soil into peanut butter, and biting gnats greedily suck the blood of any living creature during late spring through early summer. Nonetheless, the area can be bouldered during each season, if done at the right time of day with a keen eye for aspect.

In general, Mecca isn't a one-stop tickfest that is characteristic of more popular areas. Most of the boulders are spread out, and possess only a line or two on each of them. In addition, chalk-filled lines and manicured landings exist on only a few of the more popular boulders. This may lead some to believe their efforts are the first of their kind, but closer inspection often reveals evidence of prior efforts. The area has been the host of many, impressively strong climbers, that sent and left without documenting their efforts. Regardless of the rich and nebulous bouldering history, there are many untouched lines remaining for those interested.

Overall, the rock quality is fantastic and landings are remarkably good. Problems are predominately vertical and crimpy, this promotes a controlled, finger-wrenching technical style. Be sure to allow the boulders some drying time after rain and snowmelt. Stick to the trails where they exist, and pack your trash out.

Classic must-see boulders include Mecca, Birdhouse, Moby Dick, Hueco, and Gunny Gold. Each of these has a good number of problems that climb excellent rock over flat landings.

Getting There Suggest change

From the green gate parking area (be sure to close it), head down hill, cross East Creek, and you're there. The boulders can be accessed by taking either a left or right at the dirt track. In addition, there are numerous foot paths/cattle trails that access the area's boulders. The area is large, but the furthest boulder takes no more than 10 minutes to walk to.

146 Total Climbs

Route Finder - Best Climbs for YOU!

Location: Mecca Area Change
Type:  to 
Quality:
Pitches:
Sort by:   then:
 

Classic Climbing Routes at Mecca Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V1 5
 28
Black Crack
Boulder
V2 5+
 14
Johnny Don't Surf
Boulder
V3 6A
 16
Triangle Man
Boulder
V3 6A
 23
Sandman
Boulder
V3 6A
 20
Better Than Biking
Boulder
V4 6B
 30
Ping Pong
Boulder
V4 6B
 20
Western Implements
Boulder
V4 6B
 8
Hueco Problem
Boulder
V4 6B
 14
Rock Lobster
Boulder
V5 6C
 10
Amigos
Boulder
V5 6C
 7
Breakfast of Champions
Boulder
V5+ 6C+
 10
Ishmael
Boulder
V6 7A
 76
Chinese Algebra
Boulder
V6 7A
 6
Blubber
Boulder
V7 7A+
 11
Northern Ghosts
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Black Crack Birdhouse Boulder
 28
V1 5 Boulder
Johnny Don't Surf Mecca Boulder
 14
V2 5+ Boulder
Triangle Man Birdhouse Boulder
 16
V3 6A Boulder
Sandman Mecca Boulder
 23
V3 6A Boulder
Better Than Biking Mecca Boulder
 20
V3 6A Boulder
Ping Pong Mecca Boulder
 30
V4 6B Boulder
Western Implements Moby Dick Boulder
 20
V4 6B Boulder
Hueco Problem Hueco Boulder
 8
V4 6B Boulder
Rock Lobster Mecca Boulder
 14
V4 6B Boulder
Amigos Gunny Gold Boulder
 10
V5 6C Boulder
Breakfast of Champions Vonnegut Boulder
 7
V5 6C Boulder
Ishmael Moby Dick Boulder
 10
V5+ 6C+ Boulder
Chinese Algebra Mecca Boulder
 76
V6 7A Boulder
Blubber Moby Dick Boulder
 6
V6 7A Boulder
Northern Ghosts Hueco Boulder
 11
V7 7A+ Boulder
More Classic Climbs in Mecca Area »

Weather Averages

High
 
Low
 
Precip
 
Days w Precip
 
Prime Climbing Season
J F M A M J J A S O N D
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Photos

loading