The Grotto (a.k.a. The Notch)
Scene from within the Grotto.
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.
Climbs in The Grotto range from 5.8 to 12+. The rock ranges from good to great with everything from long and steep to short and slaby. Lots of flat boulders provide spots to lounge, lunch, or both while keeping an eye on fellow climbers.
(Text written by Rick Bradshaw)
Follow the new trail (fall 2012) to Runway (Lower Tier)
. From Runway (Lower Tier)
, hike easy terrain west to the Grotto. The new trail starts in the arroyo straight across from the trail to the Winter Wall
Alternatively, you can take the old, long-used but steeper, nastier, approach to the Grotto. For this, stay in the main arroyo past Winter Wall
and past the Solar Cave
and look for a decent trail in the dirt embankment on the left. Take this trail and wind your way up through talus and screen to the top.
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BETA PHOTO: Overview of The Grotto (adapted from Rick Bradshaw...
Evening light on the upper end of the Grotto, righ...
From: Santa fe, NM
Aug 21, 2012
found a small set of cams at the grotto left end! Right at the belay ledge, a few camalots, c3's, and an alien or two. Exciting to find but I know i'd be pissed if I forgot this stuff. Lemme know, email@example.com
By Aaron Miller
Sep 26, 2012
Follow the new trail to the Runway Wall. Then hike easy terrain around to the Grotto. Starts in the arroyo just across from the trail to the Winter Wall/Cave areas.