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Baby Cakes 
Better Red Than Dead 
Black Streak 
Chicken Heads 
Chicken Shit 
Clean Green Dream 
Cryin' in the Rain 
Dirty Black Nightmare 
Dirty Diagonal 
Dung Alley 
Five Years After 
Fried Chickens 
Holthouse to Hell 
Mama Jugs 
Ocho Diamentes (Tech-No-Star) 
Rite of Summer Dreams 
Seaman Girl 
Serpent Face 
Serpentine Crack 
Summer Dreams 
To Bolt on Lead or Not to Bolt (TBOL) 
Unknown (Left of Baby Cakes) 
Unknown (Right of Mama Jugs) 
Walking Dread 

Mosaic Rock 

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The highest concentration of routes at Tres Piedras ascend the lovely south face of Mosaic Rock. This 200 ft tall cliff offers many excellent (mostly) single pitch climbs protected by bolts and gear.

Getting There 

Walk north from the parking area, past South Rock to the base of the formation.

28 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',18],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Mosaic Rock:
Dirty Diagonal   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   
Chicken Heads   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 200'   
Chicken Shit   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
Mama Jugs   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 190'   
Serpentine Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Fried Chickens   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 220'   
Baby Cakes   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Clean Green Dream   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 140'   
Five Years After   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   
Unknown (Right of Mama Jugs)   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 57'   
Bienvenidos   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Better Red Than Dead   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 180'   
Black Streak   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 160'   
Walking Dread   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 140'   
Serpent Face   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   
Holthouse to Hell   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c     Trad, 2 pitches, 220'   
Techweenie   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a     Sport, 75'   
Techtonics   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a R     Trad, Sport, 75'   
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Featured Route For Mosaic Rock
George Perkins on the sharp end on <em>Better Red Than Dead.</em> July 26, 2008.

Better Red Than Dead 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b PG13  NM : Taos Area : ... : Mosaic Rock
Quintessential TP climbing with the crux moves above your gear make "Better Red Than Dead" a bit intimidating. My first time I was a bit spooked, a couple more recent times, it didn't seem as bad. One of the more rewarding 5.10s here.Face climb up to right-angling crack. Step onto the slab above to clip the 1st bolt, slab up and right to the 2nd bolt. From here, sneak up 5.10 slab/face straight up to a seam (no pro there), then a thank-god left-angling finger crack. You probably don't want ...[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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By Stuart Turner
Jan 26, 2009

What's up with Holthouse Hallsack?

By Eric Whitbeck
Jun 18, 2012

Anyone know if TBOL, or whatever the left most of the four steep routes is called, was also put up by Doug and Lee? The first bolt is suspect, the second is a joke, and the large flake which looks like it would eat up a big cam is a bit hollow. Its fine for climbing but putting a cam back there is about as safe as the button head below. FA party opposed to upgrading the hardware? No additional gear and same placements, just modern?