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Front Side aka El Toro Rock Climbing 

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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

28 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',3],['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:
Satori   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 7 pitches, 700'   Zapatista Wall
Excalibur   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 6 pitches, 480'   Ivory Tower
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   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 15 pitches, 1750'   Sendero Luminoso Wall
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Excalibur 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  North America : Mexico : ... : Ivory Tower
Climb up a big pinnacle to a great summit which of course has a sword in the top of it. There are 7 sets of anchors which make it possible to do 7 pitches. But the last pitch is probably less than 40 feet and the others can be linked. For this reason its best to think of it as 6 pitches. P1: 5.9 - start up slab and then climb steep rock to ledgeP2: 5.10a - longest pitchP3: 5.10a P4: 5.10c - crux P5: 5.10a P6: 5.9 - to summit...[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: The Bull
The Bull

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By monkeyvanya
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.