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Monster Island Rock Climbing 

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A small but concentrated area of high-quality boulder problems nestled amongst the Sawtooth Mountains in the Cibola National Forest

Getting There 

From Datil, head west on HWY 60 for roughly 12 miles and turn right onto Forest Road 6A. Continue for approximately 5 miles. Turn right on a well-trafficked dirt road. There may or may not be a stone cairn marking this turn. Drive the road for .7 miles until it dead ends. This is the parking. From parking, follow a well-worn trail to boulders. Hike approach time is approximately 10 minutes.

Climbing Season

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Weather station 8.8 miles from here

16 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Monster Island

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Monster Island:
Frankenstein Left   V4 6B     Boulder, 12'   Frankenstein
Velcro Kitty    V7 7A+     Boulder   Vampire
Warm Up Solo   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     TR, 60'   Death Slab
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Velcro Kitty V7 7A+  New Mexico : New Mexico, I-40 Corridor : ... : Vampire
Another mega-classic, Font-esque boulder that revolves around a difficult throw to an open-handed sloper. An atypical problem for Monster Island. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Mexico

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Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset from monster island
Sunset from monster island
Rock Climbing Photo: Topos found in old pill bottle, east of the large ...
BETA PHOTO: Topos found in old pill bottle, east of the large ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Topos found in old pill bottle, east of the large ...
BETA PHOTO: Topos found in old pill bottle, east of the large ...

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By Brian Prince
From: morro bay, ca
Apr 24, 2011
Does anyone know of any routes on the wall above the boulders?
By claude.
From: ABQ, NM
May 1, 2011

Video courtesy of Walker Kearney
By Paul Davidson
May 2, 2011
Nice vid, thanks for posting...
By Bob Broilo
From: Socorro, NM
May 20, 2011
Yes, however none go straight up from Monster Island due to the bands of choss. There is a existing summit route that goes at 5.8-9. You can find info on the "Sawtooth Crags" topos hidden in a chewed-up medicine bottle in a hueco about 1/2 mile to the South of Monster Island near some sport routes. Some day I will post the pictures I took of them.
By Walker Kearney
Sep 19, 2012
Here's another video from Monster Island

By Paloma
Aug 27, 2013
Camping near by?
By Bob Broilo
From: Socorro, NM
Sep 6, 2013
Yes, good primitive camping spots all along FR6A, FR2, etc. It's forest land and there are no restrictions at the moment so you can camp anywhere, but try to practice "leave no trace". For developed campsites try Datil Well campground.

Please don't camp at the trailhead unless you like a train of climbers/hunters parking and hiking through your camp. There is a very pleasant meadow, prolly full of wildflowers right now, just south of the Monster Island boulders accessed by a spur road east off of FR6A before the trailhead road. Be aware that it can get quite chilly at night, even in the summer, and that it's hunting season so expect many spots to be taken already. Have fun!
By Margie
Jul 31, 2017
Just a warning. As of 7/30/2017, the road to Monster Island is completely washed out, and it is not possible to drive in. We walked in basically from where the road intersects 6A. It takes ~30 minutes to walk from there.

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