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Front Side aka El Toro Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 2,380'
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This massive wall/mountain which faces town and camp is home to the famous testpiece El Sendero Luminoso. The 12th edition of Magic Ed's guide lists only a handful of routes, so there is likely great new route potential. The wall has a lot of aspects but generally faces N or NE and is a shady place.

Rock Climbing Photo: The Bull
The Bull

Getting There 

Decent trails lead from the vicinity of Tami's to the crags. Allow at least half an hour for the approach. For more details, see guidebook.

Climbing Season

For the El Potrero Chico area.

Weather station 4.7 miles from here

32 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',14],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Front Side aka El Toro

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Front Side aka El Toro:
Dig Hay Zoose   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 2 pitches, 175'   Buzz Rock
Excalibur   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 6 pitches, 480'   Ivory Tower
Satori   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 7 pitches, 700'   Zapatista Wall
Off The Couch   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 7 pitches, 600'   Zapatista Wall
Apache Line   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   Freedom Wall
3 Stone Place   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 6 pitches, 750'   Zapatista Wall
Zapatista   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 5 pitches, 500'   Zapatista Wall
Land of the Free   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b PG13     Sport, 10 pitches, 1000'   Freedom Wall
El Sendero Luminoso   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b     Sport, 15 pitches, 1750'   Sendero Luminoso Wall
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Plutonia V8 7B  North America : Mexico : ... : Plutonia Cave
The namesake route, and for good reason. This is a powerful, beautiful classic. Start low on a flake a move left on small holds and then up and right from a solid undercling. Finish up high on a brick-shaped hold....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Rock Climbing Photo: The face on El Toro.
The face on El Toro.
Rock Climbing Photo: Low clouds over El Toro.
Low clouds over El Toro.
Rock Climbing Photo: A shot of El Toro from the top of Super Nova in La...
A shot of El Toro from the top of Super Nova in La...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Bull
The Bull

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By monkeyvanya Perevozov
From: Denver, CO
Dec 24, 2014
Approach for Land of the Free/El Sendero Luminoso:
From a large pull-out on the road head down into the riverbed and locate miners road on the other side (as of 12/2014 it had a sign and a gate). Follow the road for 500 steps and take a trail uphill. After 150 steps it splits. Right - to Plutonia caves, left - to LotF/ESL through some loose scree to slabs below a mine.
From: Wherever we park!
Jan 4, 2017
Not sure why there aren't more details here on finding the trail. The "mining road" is just the wash parallel to the main paved road leading into EPC proper. The roads over by Homero's are not what you're looking for. Just walk across the wash from the giant dirt parking across from the little restaurants and tiendas to a gate that looks like (and probably is) a driveway to someone's property with a small structure on it. You can see a couple cairns and the trail just on the other side of this gate. Be sure to close it behind you. Simple.
By Seth Hogan
From: Frisco, Co
Jan 28, 2017
^---Perfect guide to the start of the hike. I'd like to add that you follow the trail through a well packed scree/talus field and potentially into a second, fragile and loose field as well. The second one is potentially dangerous. We went to Zapatista wall through it and managed to get out of a very large but slow moving rock slide. This is avoidable. If you reach the second talus field, back track about 25' and scramble up a short rock slab. There is an obviously trail on top of it and is easy to find on the way down.

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