Route Guide - iPhone / Android - Partners - Forum - Photos - Deals - What's New - School of Rock
Login with Facebook
 ADVANCED
Potrillo Cliffs

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Ardeidae Arete T,TR 
Belly Flop T,TR 
Belly Up T,TR 
Call of the Crane T,TR 
Car Camping with the Kids T,TR 
Cave Route Center T,TR 
Chuckwalla T,TR 
Chuckwalla Right T,TR 
Cindy's Chimney T,TR 
Desperate (Left) T,TR 
Double Trouble TR 
Dream of White Gerbils S,TR 
Fickle Fingers T,TR 
Fool on the Hill S,TR 
Grandstanding T,TR 
Gymnast T,TR 
Heron's Fissure T,TR 
Jane T,TR 
Kor's Dog T,TR 
Left Cave Route T,TR 
Lower Kor's Crack T,TR 
Pieces of Eight T,TR 
Pillars of Hercules (left var.) T,TR 
Pillars of Hercules (right var.) T,TR 
Porky's Bad Luck T,TR 
Right Cave Route T,TR 
Route 1 TR 
Route 1.5 T,TR 
Route 19 T,TR 
Route 4 T,TR 
Shaky Flake T,TR 
Sleeper T,TR 
Tarzan T,TR 
Upper Kor's Crack T,TR 

Potrillo Cliffs 


Photos: Recent | Best | Popular
Location: 35.7943, -106.2162 View Map  Incorrect?
Page Views: 6,102
Administrators: Aaron Hobson, Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB, Marta Reece, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: George Perkins on Feb 1, 2008  with updates from Pascal Grosset
Forecast:
Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon
Clear
83° | 59°
Thunderstorm
71° | 51°
Clear
82° | 55°
Clear
84° | 58°
Clear
85° | 57°
You & This Area
Best routes for YOU in this area
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]
Russel Peterson, Mike Roybal, Kathy Kocon and Stev...

Description 

Potrillo cliffs is the primo beginner toproping/trad area in White Rock, and was the first major basalt cliff "discovered" for climbing in White Rock. The cliff has two faces: one facing south, and one facing west, so you can find sun or shade as you like.

It's a great place for the beginning trad leader, as the cliff is short, hosts many 5.6-5.9 routes, and the pro is great. The cliff is a little shorter than most at White Rock (45'), but for the more experienced there are few harder climbs.

Some climbs may have bolted anchors, but be prepared to build anchors by tying off the trees or with trad gear (which is recommended).

A detailed guide is found here, with photos showing the routes.
www.lamountaineers.org/pdf/Potrillo_Cliffs.pdf
The route numbers on this page coincide with those in that online guide.


Getting There 

Take NM state road 4 just south of White Rock, turn onto Monterey South. Stay on Monterey South, turn right on Potrillo Rd. Then turn right on Estante Rd. Follow Estante around a left turn and park when you see a fire hydrant on the right side, near the address of 428 Estante Road. Please do not block the hydrant or the mailboxes. Take the trail between mailbox 428 and the fire hydrant and follow this trail to a large gate and a sign. 75' after the gate, head left on a trail to the cliff top. To get to the base, scramble down the east side of the cliffs- this last part is 3rd class (May be challenging for some dogs or little kids without help). Should take about 10 minutes.


Climbing Season


34 Total Routes


['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',17],['1 Star',14],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',3],['5.7',4],['5.8',8],['5.9',6],['5.10',7],['5.11',4],['5.12',2],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Potrillo Cliffs:
Car Camping with the Kids   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 45'   
Pillars of Hercules (left var.)   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 45'   
Cindy's Chimney   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 45'   
Pillars of Hercules (right var.)   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 45'   
Chuckwalla   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 45'   
Cave Route Center   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 45'   
Upper Kor's Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 45'   
Lower Kor's Crack   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   
Browse More Classics in Potrillo Cliffs

Featured Route For Potrillo Cliffs
Chuckwalla, 5.8, Potrillo Cliffs, White Rock, NM

Chuckwalla 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  NM : Los Alamos & White Rock : ... : Potrillo Cliffs
This is route #22 in the on-line guide. As noted therein, a chuckwalla is a "large lizard with the interesting defence mechanism of crawling into a crack and inflating itself."Start under the large, thrillingly wedged, guillotine-shaped chockstone and work up into the chimney. When in doubt of where to go, just recall the route's namesake and stuff your self in there. When the chimney na...[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

Comments on Potrillo Cliffs Add Comment
Show which comments
By Logan Eckhardt
From: Albuquerque
Feb 1, 2008

I agree that anchors at some of these other areas would be helpful and would help to spread out many of the people who tend to not carry long webbing or static lines or who don't have a rack of gear to set up anchors. A problem at many areas in White Rock are that the trees are dying due to drought and bark beetle invasion.

By Chris Wenker
From: Santa Fe
Feb 13, 2008

Note on the LAM pdf file that is linked here:
The narrative directions to get to this crag are generally correct, but the the map illustrated as Figure 1 in the online guide is incorrect. The actual Potrillo cliff lies ca. 400 meters south of the location plotted on that map. It appears that whoever created the map based it on an actual topo map or aerial image, because there is in fact a low mesa with a cliff at the indicated location, but it is not the same cliff as the Potrillo crag.

By Brett Kettering
Oct 27, 2012

October 27, 2012: Today at Potrillo Cliffs we found a couple of slings with locking biners hanging on the hangers of one of the west-side routes. If you can identify them and provide me contact information, I will return them to you.

Regards,
Brett Kettering

By Brett Kettering
Nov 5, 2012

No response to my inquiry here or on LAM website. I've repurposed the gear.

Brett

By Jodyeden
May 1, 2014

Orlando-- i sent you a private message, I do believe you found my prana chalkbag? ;)