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Cañon de Valle Boulders

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Cañon de Valle Boulders Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 8,000'
Location: 35.85398, -106.36626 View Map  Incorrect?
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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.

Climbing Season

For the Los Alamos & White Rock area.

Weather station 4.1 miles from here

23 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

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Rock Climbing Photo: Blade Runner diagonals from right to left

Blade Runner V6 7A  New Mexico : Los Alamos & White Rock : Cañon de Valle Boulders
Maybe the best problem here. Sit start on diagonal seam and crimp up and left through techy, thruchy moves, finishes in pockets. Rad!...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Mexico

Photos of Cañon de Valle Boulders Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Ed trying a project right of electric spines
Ed trying a project right of electric spines
Rock Climbing Photo: Hike into the boulders
Hike into the boulders
Rock Climbing Photo: Happy dog in the wildflowers
Happy dog in the wildflowers
Rock Climbing Photo: Cañon de Valle Boulders from the trail
Cañon de Valle Boulders from the trail

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