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The Lower Slabs Rock Climbing 

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Low angle granite wall with a small collection of quality 1-2 pitch routes on great stone high on the east side of the canyon.

Getting There 

From the campground/parking area, hike up the canyon trail for about 1-1/2 mile and then leave the trail and trudge up the steep slope to the cliffs on the east side of the canyon. The point to leave the trail is about 1/2 mile past the third stream crossing. If you pass the wilderness boundary sign you went too far. The routes are on a cliff band directly below the huge, obvious tombstone shaped formation looming above. If you're lucky you'll find the cairns. The section of cliff to aim for is roughly at the highest point that the forested slope reaches up into the rocky canyon wall. Some final scrambling is required to gain the ledge system at the base of the routes.

This approach takes about an hour if you know where to go.

Climbing Season

For the New Mexico, other Northern Areas area.

Weather station 10.5 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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

Featured Route For The Lower Slabs

Threadbare 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c  New Mexico : New Mexico, other Northern ... : ... : The Lower Slabs
Locate the obvious line of bolts on the steep face just left of a short left facing corner formed by a 25ft pedestal. This pedestal of rock is the start of Ramshackle. Crank past the bolts (11-) to lower angle rock and discontinuous cracks, finding gear placements where you can. Traverse right under a small overhang then straight up on easier terrain past a piton and a final bolt to gain a belay ledge with a bolted anchor. This is the same belay as for the first pitch of Ramshackle. (100ft). Pit...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Mexico

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