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This is the obvious first hill filled with numerous rock outcroppings that is visible from most parts of the north community in Los Alamos. The hill rises about 700 feet from town to the summit where Upper Clifty sits. This area is very uncrowded on a regular basis due to the nature of the surroundings. The Cerro Grande Fire raged through this entire canyon in the year 2000 and scorched the flora and fauna that was once present. It is now a rehabilitating wasteland filled with dead trees and lots of harsh terrain. It still gives you secluded sport and trad climbs with a slight alpine feel. There are also numerous established boulder problems on the entire hillside that amazingly did not get torched. It is definitely a quick getaway for Los Alamos locals, and provides a good all around workout to climb here. Most of the rock is suprisingly solid but can be a little crumbly in spots. It is a form of Rhyolite that makes up all the croppings in upper Rendia and Guaje Canyons. Some formations got cooked pretty good and are less bombproof. You can chase the shade or the sun most of the day. Midday can be pretty hot in the summer nowadays. Afternoons are the best for shade depending on which routes you are on.
Drive up the Main Hill road and into Los Alamos. The main road then turns into Trinity Drive. At the fourth stop light there is the hospital to your left and the intersection of Trinity and Diamond. Take a right turn on to Diamond the pass through the next three stoplights and head down the hill past the Conoco station towards the golfcourse. Turn on 36th Street which is the second street on your left after you pass through the third stoplight at the Diamond and Alabama intersection. Continue all the way up 36th until you reach Arizona Ave. Take a left on Arizona and continue all the way to 45th and Arizona intersection where the Mitchell trailhead parking is to your right. There is also a firetruck playground on your left.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Clifty:
Ken Ewing Memorial Railroad 5.9- Sport, 1 pitch, 40 feet
Interpretation of Creation 5.10b Sport, 1 pitch, 35 feet
Yunctured By A Pucca 5.11a Sport, 1 pitch, 35 feet
Way Before After You Get Home 5.11c Sport, 1 pitch, 35 feet
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