Array ( [0] => 105708955 [1] => 105708964 [2] => 105891772 [3] => 108406340 [4] => 110554744 ) Rock Climbing Routes & Photos in Hall of Giants, Cochiti Mesa & Surrounding Crags
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Hall of Giants Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 7,300'
Location: 35.77947, -106.36017 View Map  Incorrect?
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BETA PHOTO: The Hall of Giants and the Sanctuary.

Description 

This wall is downstream from the Main Wall, another 15 minutes walk. It contains the longest, most continuous lines of nearly plumb cracks in the Canyon. The routes tend to be big here. For the most part, the wall gets full sun around 11am. If trying to stay cool, you can escape to some good routes in the Sanctuary for some temporary shade until the wall goes back into shade after 4 or so.

Getting There 

This wall is visible from many positions on the mesa with the access road to Capulin and is thus the wall that many have spoken of for years as a "striking feature of mystery". As you pass the cairns for the trail up to the Main wall, continue downstream another 15 minutes, past one significant drainage, until you see the obvious perfect wall with several 200' cracks adorning its face. At this point, you will have reached the outcropping of a very interesting red volcanic mud in the creek bottom. From this point, you have 5 more minutes of walking to reach the trail cutoff. Turn left up the next boulder strewn drainage (watch out for a small patch of poison ivy, the only one we have seen here right as you leave the creek)and hike/scramble up until you reach some very large boulders. From here, head right out of the drainage and onto a nice gentle sloping fan system that leads to the base of the wall. Be sure to hit the wall on its left(west)end to avoid some awkward cliff-bands. Several cairns help to lead the way.

Alternatively, one can start their approach from the trailhead to Boundary Peak that starts further up the road (good clearance suggested) about a mile where you meet the first hairpin switchback. Take the left trail heading north down canyon (not the main signed trail heading out a ridge) and follow a faint trail that is marked well with giant cairns down to the edge of the mesa. Then turn northeast as the trail winds down gently-graded switchbacks that only the USFS could construct, all the way down the canyon to the creek bottom. Note that this trail has more vertical than the main trail, and is likely over 2 miles, but it takes you right to the base of the Wall of Giants. This trail does not see a lot of traffic and is in some stages of disrepair, nonetheless it is a good trail and is not too hard to follow. Also, for the bottom 2/3 of the trail, you have a great view of the HoG to get you psyched.

Water:
Rarely has the creek bottom gone dry near the Hall of Giants, so it should be reasonable to expect to be able to filter pretty high quality water for your needs from the creek. If hiking in from climbers trail, as you near the lower end of the Main Wall buttress in the creek bottom, look for a spring coming out of the hillside below the crag from which you can fill your water. It may not flow during dry periods so be prepared to filter from the creek.

Climbing Season

For the Capulin Canyon area.

Weather station 5.0 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Hall of Giants

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Hall of Giants:
Jack and the Beanstalk   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 170'   
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Featured Route For Hall of Giants
Rock Climbing Photo: The Main Giants, with the Beanstalk on the right.

Jack and the Beanstalk 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b  New Mexico : Cochiti Mesa & Surrounding ... : ... : Hall of Giants
To slay this Giant, weave up and through some large boulders to gain a ledge at the base of a flawless splitter that turns to a left-facing corner about 50' up. Climb fingers to hands for 120' through perfect rock that gives you just enough playful features to keep it under 5.11 while dishing out enough business to keep you focused, all the while leaning gently back to finish nearly 20' overhung from where you started!!! Stunning!!!...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Mexico

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