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Brownstone Wall  

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BETA PHOTO: The Brownstone Wall from the approach


This east-facing brown wall sits at the upper end of Juniper Canyon. It's a bit of a grunt to hike in to but contains some excellent routes. A scrambling descent from the top is the V-shaped gully on the left (south) side of the wall, called the Gunsight. This gully separates the Brownstone Wall from the Rainbow Wall.

Getting There 

Follow the standard approach into Juniper Canyon, passing Rose Tower and Jackrabbit Buttress on your right. You should find a decent trail which heads up the drainage, the same approach as for the Rainbow Wall. Where you would turn left for the Rainbow Wall (and where the main drainage jogs left and you can see the Brownstone Wall directly above of you but still 500' higher), leave the main drainage and head right up a talus slope and then a long section of slickrock up a bowl to the base of the Brownstone Wall. It is also possible to stay in the main drainage longer (especially for Black Dagger which is the far left side of the Brownstone Wall) but this involves more bushwhacking. Total approach time is 1.5-2 hours.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.3 miles from here

20 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Brownstone Wall:
Black Dagger   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13     Trad, 6 pitches, 800'   
Cat Scratch Fever   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 6 pitches, 700'   
Hourglass Diversion   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 650'   
Sweet Thin   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 7 pitches, 730'   
Armatron   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   
Arms Reduction   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 400'   
Requiem for a Tadpole   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 750'   
The Nightcrawler   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 5 pitches, 550'   
Pro Choice   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   
Time's Up   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 6 pitches, 500'   
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Featured Route For Brownstone Wall
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Sweet Thin 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  NV : Red Rock : ... : Brownstone Wall
OVERVIEWIf Armatron gets two stars in Handren's guide Sweet Thin deserves three. The route shares the first two pitches of Armatron (including the uneventful crux) before whisking you off to a unique balancey fifth pitch followed by a flaring chimney/offwidth one. The FA is unlisted in Handren's book. The route is south-facing; however, note that it goes into the shade in the afternoon in the winter.ROUTEP1 (5.8, 100')Climb the first pitch of Armatron, which tak...[more]   Browse More Classics in NV

Photos of Brownstone Wall Slideshow Add Photo
The Approach Slabs.  Photo by Tim Baer
The Approach Slabs. Photo by Tim Baer
Approach slabs.
Approach slabs.
The Gunsight Notch descent begins in an unobtrusive chimney at the far southern end of the Brownstone Wall.
BETA PHOTO: The Gunsight Notch descent begins in an unobtrusiv...
The initial chimney of the Gunsight descent.
BETA PHOTO: The initial chimney of the Gunsight descent.
Looking down the Gunsight Notch.  Note Crimson Chrysalis on the right.
Looking down the Gunsight Notch. Note Crimson Chr...
Brownstone Wall Left
BETA PHOTO: Brownstone Wall Left
Desert Big Horn on the approach slabs to the Brownstone Wall.
Desert Big Horn on the approach slabs to the Brown...

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