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Los Alamos Crags Rock Climbing 

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There is a great array of crags near the town of Los Alamos, on the various rhyolite outcrops and canyons nearby. The Dungeon area is the hardman sport climbing area nearby and sees frequent visits, but most of the other areas are obscure and have very little information published in guidebooks. Most locals climb mainly at White Rock or the Dungeon. For those who don't mind hiking 10-15 minutes, the crags and canyons in Los Alamos are worth exploring and have a lot of potential.

- The Dungeon: The best and most popular crag nearby. Premier overhung rhyolite sport climbing in a beautiful setting. A great summer area.

- The Back Rocks: North of Clifty in upper Rendia Canyon with about 20 routes.

- Clifty: A Rhyolite crag near the town of Los Alamos. A nice get-away for locals.

- Upper Clifty: On the top of The Clifty Hill and can be seen from the north community of Los Alamos.

- Y, The: hosts 45' crack climbs in a narrow portion of lower Los Alamos Canyon. A good choice for basalt climbing in Los Alamos/White Rock in the summer.

- Los Alamos Canyon: A selection of ice and rock climbs can be found in Los Alamos Canyon, just south of the town of Los Alamos.

- School Canyon: A vast tuff crag with lots of potential for route development and lots of fun bouldering. Most of the routes are pretty short but tend to offer stiff and entertaining climbing.

- Pueblo Canyon: Decent quality streambed bouldering area as well as longer cracks on less-than-perfect rock.

- other undocumented areas: Lots of excellent bouldering and other climbing can be found in the hills and canyons near Los Alamos for those willing to explore. Go find it!

Getting There 

From I-25, head either north or south toward Santa Fe (depending on where you are coming from), and get onto highway 285/84 toward Pojoaque. From Pojoaque head west on highway 502. Highway 502 will take you to the Los Alamos/White Rock split. Follow highway 501 to Los Alamos, and look at individual area directions from there.

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61 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',18],['2 Stars',23],['1 Star',16],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Los Alamos Crags

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Los Alamos Crags:
The Coca Cola Classic   WI3     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 35'   Los Alamos Canyon : Los Alamos Canyon Ice Climb...
Give Blood To Dracula   M6+     Sport, Mixed, 1 pitch, 35'   School Canyon : School Canyon Ice and Mixed
Nard Gargler   V2+ 5+     Boulder, 13'   Pueblo Canyon Areas : North Rd. West
Knob Goblin (PFVP)   V4 6B     Boulder, 14'   Pueblo Canyon Areas : North Rd. West
Ken Ewing Memorial Railroad   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Mitchell Trail Area : Clifty
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Knob Goblin (PFVP) V4 6B  New Mexico : Los Alamos & White Rock : ... : North Rd. West
Start on a low undercling on the right side of the Knob Goblin' boulder (aka Waterfall Boulder). Move straight up and over the roof, avoiding the arete on the right. Continue through long moves straight up, and top out. Very fun dynamic movement but somewhat contrived: both the featured water rut to the left and the arete to the right are off....[more]   Browse More Classics in New Mexico

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