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Church Key T 
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North Face Gullies T 
South Face Central T 
South Face Cutoff T 
Three's the Charm T 
West Face T 

Middle Rabbit Ear Rock Climbing 

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The South Face rappel off of the big tree. Tat nes...


The middle peak of the Rabbit Ears group. The west face has some beautiful lines, and there is hard-route potential on the north side where a steep series of roofs dubbed the ChurchKey is found. You're not likely to run into other climbers up here, but you will find great 3-4 pitch routes. If you time your ascent right, you can climb in either the sun or shade. Even in July, you can comfortably climb here, although the approach/descent begin to get stifling.

Getting There 

Approach can be made from either side of the range (Starting from the Aguirre Springs parking or from the Topp Hut). The typical approach is to come from the Topp Hut. Hike into Rabbit Ears Canyon, past The Citadel. Continue up the canyon, staying in or near the stream bed which is usually dry. Eventually, there will be a lesser-gully that branches off to the left directly up towards the North and Middle Rabbit ears. Follow an indistinct trail in this gully and next to it on its south side. It leads roughly to the base of the West Face of the Middle Rabbit Ear.


The descent route is off the south side. Scramble down to a large tree, with several old slings and a wire-cable around it. A two-rope rappel gains a large tree-filled ledge. There is also an old belay station consisting of two old 1/4" bolts which allows you to gain the ledge with two single-rope rappels. Walk to the far west side of the ledge where a chain anchor is found. A single-rope rappel reaches the ground.

The descent route roughly follows the Normal Route (South Corner).

Climbing Season

For the Rabbit Ears Area area.

Weather station 11.2 miles from here

10 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Middle Rabbit Ear

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Middle Rabbit Ear:
West Face   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 6 pitches, 700'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: The route takes the left side of the two prominent...

West Face 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  New Mexico : Organ Mountains : ... : Middle Rabbit Ear
Depending on your level of comfort, you can scramble fairy high up the skirts of the west face, but it likely won’t change the location of Pitch 1 belay. P1 (150 ft): Looking up, locate an obvious buttress in lower part of the face. Pitch 1 belay will be on top of it. Notice a horizontal shelf going left from the foot of the buttress. Head up the slabby terrain toward the left end of this shelf, climb up onto it, and traverse right to the base of the buttress. (Do not get seduced by the corner ...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Mexico

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Rock Climbing Photo: View of Middle Rabbit Ear (also NRE at right, SRE ...
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Rock Climbing Photo: Middle Rabbit Ear South Face
BETA PHOTO: Middle Rabbit Ear South Face
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Rock Climbing Photo: Ross Allen at the second bolt of an unknown route ...
Ross Allen at the second bolt of an unknown route ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Ross Allen on the rappel off the old 1/4" bol...
Ross Allen on the rappel off the old 1/4" bol...
Rock Climbing Photo: Scott Jones sweating out the descent hike after cl...
Scott Jones sweating out the descent hike after cl...

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By Robert Cort
Apr 24, 2011
The approach from the east can be made by starting on the Baylor Pass trail, then following a cairned route up a steepening ridge, eventually entering and scrambling up the gully that tumbles down from the MRE/SRE col. The cairns help avoid most of the brush, by weaving up the ridge. Once in the gully, expect class 3 scrambling w/ a few class 4 moves. If you get in the gully too soon on the way up, or stay too late on the way down, you can expect a serious Organ Mountain Bushwhack. Follow the cairns, and it's surprisingly nice.

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