Located in Loch Vale, Cathedral Wall towers over its western end. You can't miss it on the walk into Sky Pond and the Cathedral Spires. More than likely, the sun is rising as you approach, turning the whole wall into a glorious sheet of orange. There are perhaps a dozen routes that climb either the main or second buttress. They all top out in the same vicinity, with the descent being down the backside to the Andrews Glacier trail. This descent is far more complicated than is let on to in Rossiter's guide. Watch out for being cliffed out. There were few cairns in the summer of 2001. Carefully find a gully to downclimb, more or less directly below, but slightly left of where the route tops out. You can't see it until you are right on top of it. Many of the routes are described as serious, but good moderate climbing is to be had as well. Definately worth adding an ascent of this wall to your repertoire.
From the Glacier Gorge parking area, follow the trail to Sky Pond. Access to wall is gained by traversing slopes of talus, just after the Andrews Glacier trail junction, but before you climb up to the waterfall on the Sky Pond trail.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Cathedral Wall:
Tourist Tragedy 5.9 Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches, Grade III
Dalke Route 5.9 R Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches
Kor Route 5.9 R Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, Grade III
Sublime Buttress 5.11 R Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 1000 feet, Grade IV
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Dalke Route 5.9 R CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Cathedral Wall
Route-finding is vague, protection dicey in places (in fact nearly everywhere) but this is a great line up a proud buttress; actually one of the tallest and best-looking buttresses in the whole RMNP. In addition, this route has a fairly short approach, (you can watch all the bumblies heading up for the Petit Grepon) and best of all a solid southern exposure; you may end up lost and frightened and unable to retreat, but at least you'll be nice and warm.P1. First pitch is obv...[more] Browse More Classics in CO