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Elevation: 8,000 ft
GPS: 35.854, -106.366 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Laeserguns on Sep 25, 2016
Admins: Aaron Hobson, Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski
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Description

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 bushes also make getting around a challenge. Regular traffic would likely help this problem.

Getting There

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/keep 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.

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