Some what higher quality rock than at the Pond, but not as many established problems. Because of the rock quality most of the problems are harder V5 and up.
As you are driving through Ponderosa coming from Hwy 4 turn left on FR 269, cross a stream and head up a hill through a forest service gate. Continue on this road for about a mile till you see a cattle corral on your right with a fairly large (3-4 car) pullout just past it. The trail begins from the side of the pullout away from the corral and follow carins and a vague path out and up a hillside to the right through some boulders (there are quite a few problems in here). Once you reach the mesa you'll run into a low barbed wire fence, cross this where there is a rock next to the fence making it easy to step over. There are problems on boulders to the left and right from here as well as on the next hillside up.
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From: ABQ, NM
Oct 15, 2008
The forrest service gate on this road is closed for some time durring the winter. I've climbed up here in December, but if it snows a lot earlier it could get closed sooner. Opening is usually in April? I think.
|By Paul Davidson|
Dec 4, 2008
In addition to the stellar boulders down low, we have done some decent TRs up on the Mesa top. These TRs are actually on the north side of the Ponderosa ridge.
|By Bob Broilo|
From: Socorro, NM
Dec 31, 2009
When the gate is closed in the winter it's not too bad of a hike to get here from the Pond. Just go North, up and over the ridge near the West end.
|By George Perkins|
From: Los Alamos, NM
Aug 8, 2010
FS road 269 is currently gated (August 2010), with a sign that says "Closed for Resource Protection".
|By Owen Summerscales|
From: Los Alamos, NM
Feb 9, 2013
This area is seriously rad. During winter, and until they re-open the gate to FS 269 the best way to get there is to park at the gate and hike 1 mile on the road. Takes us 35 mins out, 25 back, and is totally worth it. Hiking from the upper deck is a bit of a mare and not recommended.