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The Grotto is the premium area to climb in Diablo Canyon. It is a slot canyon trimmed out of the upper portion of the south wall. It is filled with large boulders interlaced with fairly lush (for NM) vegetation. While it runs NE to SW the north facing wall is much higher, keeping The Grotto shady for most of the day. The sun peeks through both ends of the canyon during the early morning and late afternoon respectively. However, during January, February, and March an unseasonably warm day is necessary for comfortable climbing.
Follow the new trail (fall 2012) to The Runway. From The Runway, hike easy terrain west to the Grotto. The new trail starts in the arroyo straight across from the trail to the Winter Wall.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Grotto (AKA: The Notch):
Where the World Ends 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100' Right Side of Grotto Entran...
Featured Route For The Grotto (AKA: The Notch)
Where the World Ends 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b NM : Santa Fe Area : ... : Right Side of Grotto Entran...
Climb the first 40 feet of Bong Crack, clip a bolt on the right side of the diehedral, grab the rail and swing your feet out to the arete. Climb past 6 more bolts to the anchor.Perfect rock, stellar position and fun arete climbing combine to make this a 4 star route....[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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