The upper cliff band is really an extension of the North Cliff Band of Cochiti Mesa. Its on the far left (north) end of Cochiti's North Cliffband. Routes here tend to be longer than most other routes on the North and South cliffbands.
Two approaches are possible. The most common is to continue NW along the base of the Cochiti Mesa North Cliffband, past OMS and Pickpocket, along a newly trimmed trail that ascends up and switches back just below the cliff.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Upper Cliff Band:
Whining Dog 5.8 X TR, 1 pitch, 85 feet
The Boya from La Jolla Who Stepped on a Cholla 5.11a Sport, 1 pitch, 75 feet
Featured Route For Upper Cliff Band
Whining Dog 5.8 X NM : Cochiti Mesa & Surrounding ... : ... : Upper Cliff Band
This super-fun route climbs the softest stone at Cochiti, which is saying quite a lot. The route was bolted for leading at one time, but the bolts were removed, presumably by hand, when it was determined that the notion of bolts in this rock was just plain crazy. However, the route has recently been resurrected with a new bolted TR anchor. If you can lower yourself to the level of TR-ing, this is a must-do route, and an excellent warmup....[more] Browse More Classics in NM