Elevation: 5,829 ft
GPS: 36.042, -104.326 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Kyle Smith on Oct 13, 2019
Admins: Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski
Access Issue: RAIN AND WET ROCK: The sandstone is fragile and is can be easily damaged when recently wet. Details
Access Issue: Road Warnings! Details

Description

Upper Mesteño is a somewhat narrow canyon with boulder problems mostly on walls and roofs on the sandstone bands that line the canyon, with fewer standalone boulders. Expect two main types of problems: long, very steep roof problems or highballs on tall, clean, slightly overhanging faces.

Getting There

[MP admin note:] Please do not drive on the roads to Mesteño Canyon when they're muddy. These roads are susceptible to major rutting and erosion when wet and increased traffic is doing major damage to these fragile roads. When the roads are muddy please consider bouldering at the zones in the main Mills Canyon area.  

The roads can have deep ruts in them and a low clearance vehicle, like a sedan, is not recommended. 

From the main Mills Canyon road as you enter the signed Kiowa National Grasslands, take a left turn onto the signed K-90 road (near the Smokey Bear sign.) Follow this road to a gate; pass through and be sure to close the gate after. The gates should always be closed regardless of how you found it. From here follow the signed K-90 road to the right. Please do NOT drive straight on the road signed as closed. See this map showing the closed road and the appropriate way to drive to the Mesteño Canyon areas.

Drive K-90 until you get to a sharp left turn signed as K-87. Follow this to another gate and pass through. Again, ensure this gate is closed. From here follow the right fork of the road for a couple of miles until you reach a crossroads. Go LEFT at this crossroad intersection for Upper & Middle Mesteño.

After a short distance, take a left for Upper Mesteño (the road to the right goes to Middle Mesteño). Continue heading east until you reach the loop at the end of the road. This is the parking for Upper Mesteño.

From the parking area, find the cairns on the north side of the loop to follow the trail down the hill. Step over the barbed wire fence, and follow more cairns across a very cool streambed wash and up a hill. After cresting the hill, the trail splits. The left trail takes you to the World Wide area, and the right trail takes you to the roof areas.

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