This area is mostly north facing keeping it cold and a great wintertime training ground. The rock is mostly welded tuff and does not offer very secure gear placements unless it is bolts or good ice.
Once in town on Trinity, take a left on Daimond and continue to the first stoplight. A left will take you to the hospital. Instead take a right and drop into the canyon and park at the ice rink on your left at the bottom of the hill.
This is seasonally a consistently formed route every year from parking lot and hill drainage. In some years it applies the New Mexico Rotten Ice(RI) rating, but it good years can get really fat. The crux is usually at the bottom before you can get any dependable gear. The top eases up and gets stickier....[more]Browse More Classics in NM
I'm quite surprised to see this information here. I'm not much of an ice climber but I thought certain local ice climbers really tried to keep the local town stashes quiet for fear that the limited ice would be beat-out and destroyed.
There are also tons of sport routes in this area, though most are of lower quality and are missing their hangers. FAs mostly by Shibli Fazal in the mid-90s. If you do a little looking, you can find them, but I don't have the info anymore (at least that I can find) so you'll have to explore.