Cañon de Valle Boulders Climbing
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Effective 8:00am, May 19th, 2022, the Santa Fe National Forest has issued a stage 3 (full closure) fire restriction order for the entire Santa Fe national forest. The order can be found at fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DO…
The order is effective until December 31, 2022 or until rescinded earlier. Before you climb in any of the Santa Fe areas, you are encouraged to verify the land management status of the particular area to ensure it is not within the closure order area.
The MountainProject forum thread at mountainproject.com/forum/t… does a good job of detailing what is closed and what is open in the state of New Mexico.
A collection mostly moderate problems on welded tuff/rhyolite boulders and cliff band a short drive, and hike, from Los Alamos. The south facing hillside gets lots of sun, with few trees, making the boulders too hot in the summer but perfect in winter. Lots of thin slabs, aretes and sharp pocked faces will wear your skin down quickly. This boulder field is perfect for a quick sesh, at lunch, after work or when you don't feel like leaving town but it is definitely not a destination area. Fallen trees have been a challenge on the hike up and throughout the boulders the last few years. Scrub oak and locust (Robinia neomexicana) bushes also make getting around a challenge. Regular traffic would likely help this problem.
Located west of NM 501 (W Jemez Rd) between Pajarito and Water canyons. To get to the trailhead from Los Alamos drive 1.6 miles past the LANL security checkpoint or Pajarito Ski Hill turnoff (Camp May Rd). Park on the right-hand (uphill) side of the highway in a large pullout and walk past a large iron gate, up the canyon, about 1 mile (15-20 minutes) on an old wagon/jeep road, past the Perimiter trail, until you reach the first boulders. There are several problems below the trail and on the trail, but the majority is uphill on the right side. A short, steep and bushy trail leads up into the main concentration. There is also a small concentration in lower Cañon de Valle on the right side accessed by diagonaling up through the talus field just past the parking area.
Classic Climbing Routes at Cañon de Valle Boulders
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