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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.
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. Don't block the hydrant or the mailboxes. Walk the trail on the south 100yds, where it forks, take the trail heading right. 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.
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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 S 4b Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 45'
Pillars of Hercules (left var.) 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 45'
Cindy's Chimney 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 45'
Chuckwalla 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 45'
Pillars of Hercules (right var.) 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 45'
Cave Route Center 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, TR, 45'
Upper Kor's Crack 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, TR, 45'
Lower Kor's Crack 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'
Featured Route For Potrillo Cliffs
Pillars of Hercules (left var.) 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b NM : Los Alamos & White Rock : ... : Potrillo Cliffs
This is route #18 in the on-line guide. Pillars of Hercules route is easily identified by the two massive buttresses that mark the prow of the cliff. The climb has two start variations; both starts lead to the base of a broad chimney betwixt the two mighty pillars. This left start variation requires one first to mantle onto the left side of the large, flat-topped boul...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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