This is a great area to get away from the summer crowds at the lake. There are number of decent 5.11's along the way to the Circus Wall proper. The Circus Wall is well worth the walk for some very high quality 5.12s. Overall, this area gets afternoon sun, however many of the routes are in areas that are fairly sheltered from both sun and wind. With the leaves on the trees, most routes tend to be shady for the better part of the day.
From the Orange Oswald Wall, continue hiking along the cliff for 10-15 minutes to reach the Circus Wall. Along the way, you'll find several routes, some dirty, some really nice. It's an easy walk.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Circus Wall:
Clown School 5.10a Sport, 1 pitch, 50 feet
The Contortionist 5.12a Sport, 1 pitch, 50 feet
Ly'n and Stealin' 5.12b Sport, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Featured Route For Circus Wall
Ly'n and Stealin' 5.12b WV : New River Gorge : ... : Circus Wall
This route climbs impeccable stone, very similar to that of the Travisty wall at Beauty Mountain. The rock is sparsely featured, with some major vertical and horizontal breaks cleaving through the surface. Be prepared to pull some deep lock offs on small crimps and pockets to get from one horizontal ledge to the next. Expect really good rests split by hard technical face climbing. If face climbing is your forte you'll be well prepared for this route, but you'll still have to pull out the gun...[more] Browse More Classics in WV