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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 12.9 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

Arabesque 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13  New Mexico : New Mexico, other Northern ... : ... : The Lower Slabs
P1 (100ft): Start up dark, chunky rock following discontinuous cracks, angling slightly right. When the crack ends go straight up past two bolts and then angle left across the slab above, skirting the base of a large, detached and precarious looking flake. Clip a fixed pin and continue angling up and left and belay at a bolt on a ledge left of a scrawny pine tree. P2 (65ft): Climb straight up for a bit then angle right over a lower angle section to some intermittent cracks/seams leading up onto ...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Mexico

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