An enjoyable basalt, mostly sport climbing crag that also offers some nice gear-protected crack climbs, the Overlook is generally regarded as the finest crag at White Rock.
There are two sides to the Overlook--a northwest aspect
and a southeast aspect
so climbing can be done year round. Warm winter days are awesome on the southeast side. Almost all climbs have bolted anchors, included the gear-protected crack climbs.
Most cracks were toproped in the 70s, with bolted routes put up in the 80s and no more new route potential really exists, although the original White Rock bolting agreement (1989) along with the amended agreement (2004)
allows for new bolted face climbs to be established at the Overlook [per this agreement, establishing new bolted routes is not permitted at some of the other White Rock "trad" cliffs].
Although there are some new climbs in this area, the original guide to the Overlook by Samet & Jett has been shared thanks to the authors and the Los Alamos Mountaineers: lamountaineers.org/Overlook/Ov...
From NM4, turn south on Rover Blvd. Turn left on the first street on your left, Meadow Lane. Stay on Meadow Lane for .8 mile or so and turn left at the well-signed Overlook Park. This park is loaded with soccer and baseball fields. Park at very end of the road at the round-about at the scenic Overlook view point. Follow the spiny, exposed ridge trail NE left the Overlook view point and descend to the next shelf. You'll be on top of the climbing cliff. A good climber's trail heads south (right) and down to the base of the southeast cliff on your left. The first bolted climb you'll find is Bosker Boozeroo.
Weather station 5.5 miles from here
71 Total Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',21],['2 Stars',28],['1 Star',17],['Bomb',1]
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Featured Route For The Overlook
Crisis In Utopia 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b NM
: Los Alamos & White Rock
: ... : North/West side
This is an awesome finger crack up a left leaning open book that is very clean for the meat of the route. It starts via a fifth class scramble up to the crack proper. The bottom and top sections can be technically, a little cruxy. It remains fairly continuous at the grade, but the endurance crux is about 2/3rds of the way up. Can you say finger locks? This stellar route deserves to see a lot more traffic than it does. Go climb it!...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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