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Questa Dome Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 9,800'
Location: 36.79436, -105.53468 View Map  Incorrect?
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Questa Dome is a 600-ft tall south-facing granite dome in the secluded Latir Peaks Wilderness area in northern New Mexico. The climbs on the main dome range from 5.10 to 5.12 linking crack systems with thin face climbing up the best granite in northern NM. While its classic 5-pitch 5.11, A Question of Balance, is on every aspiring NM trad climber's hit list, other climbs are sure to be excellent and rewarding too.

The 5.8 on the Legs formation is also popular among those not up for 5.10.

The granite bouldering along the trail to the Dome is okay too.

Season: May through October, typically. Can be hot on hot summer days. Watch out for thunderstorms, especially in July and August. It can be warm enough in April, but the approach may still be snowy.

Guidebooks: A guidebook or at least a topo is recommended. 'Taos Rock' and 'Rock Climbing: New Mexico' are both excellent guides to the area, and both include the best climbs. 'Taos Rock' includes 2 or 3 more routes that aren't in RC:NM, and a section on the bouldering. Easier low-angle crack systems (undocumented) can be found on the slabs between the Legs and Questa Dome proper.

Getting There 

From Taos: Take NM 522 north past the village of Questa. 6 miles past Questa take a right at a sign to El Rito. Go just under a mile to where the road turns (at a house) to dirt. Veer right and then climb up the steep road for just under a mile farther. At the T-junction, go right, and continue for 0.2 miles a small parking and the trailhead on the left. With high clearance you can get to the trailhead, without, you'll need to stop earlier (less than 10 minutes extra walk).

The trailhead is an ok place to camp. Don't drink the water from the stream without treating it, livestock are upstream.

The trail climbs through the pine forest and soon meets a beautiful creek. In early season, the trail may be flooded by the creek in some places, but should not be a problem. As the trail gets steeper, the dome is obvious on the left. Stay on the trail until about level with the base, then traverse left to the base of the rock. This will take 45 minutes or so.

To get to "the Legs" formation, head up on a faint cairned trail at the first place the trail meets the boulderfield.

Climbing Season

For the Taos Area area.

Weather station 5.5 miles from here

15 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Questa Dome

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Questa Dome:
Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre (Original 5.8)   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 310'   The Legs
The Ancient Ones   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   Questa Dome
Questando la via sin arboles   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 6 pitches, 700'   Questa Dome
Jonny Questa   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   Questa Dome
Tostadas Comquesta   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   Questa Dome
Question of Balance   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c PG13     Trad, 5 pitches, 600'   Questa Dome
Another Pretty Face   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Questa Dome
Questar   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   Questa Dome
Questionable Timing   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b R     Trad, 3 pitches, 500'   Questa Dome
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Rock Climbing Photo: Josh at the crux of Another Pretty Face.

Another Pretty Face 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13  New Mexico : Taos Area : ... : Questa Dome
Another Pretty Face is an alternate start to the first 2 pitches of Question of Balance. Combined with Question of Balance's p3 and the Direct roof on p4, it's typically regarded as the best climb at Questa.Pitch 1: Begin about 40' right of the start of Question of Balance, or about 10' left of the start of Tostadas Comquesta and a big right-facing corner. [Note this climb is NOT the one with ...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Mexico

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By Richard Heying
From: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Jan 24, 2017
Are you allowed to place pins in this area
By George Perkins
From: The Dungeon, NM
Jan 24, 2017
Skeeter aka richard wrote:
Are you allowed to place pins in this area
Yes, but they aren't needed or useful on established routes here.

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