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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'
Route 1.5 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'
Heron's Fissure 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'
Gymnast 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'
Belly Flop 5.9- 5c 17 VI HVS 4c Trad, TR, 40'
Upper Kor's Crack 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, TR, 45'
Cave Route Center 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, TR, 45'
Call of the Crane 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'
Lower Kor's Crack 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'
Fickle Fingers 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'
Sleeper 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, TR, 35'
Tarzan 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, TR, 35'
Route 1 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c TR, 35'
Featured Route For Potrillo Cliffs
Chuckwalla 5.8 5b 16 VI- 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
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