Exfoliation Confrontation (5.9)
A long, south-facing sheltered wall with many moderates that's a good choice on those cold windy days all too common at Joshua Tree. Due to the many routes here the area has been broken into Corral Wall - Left Side
and Corral Wall - Right Side
which will hopefully help in locating the climbs more easily.
One drawback to this area is it's popularity and density of climbs which pretty much assures a crowd on weekends. That said, a visit mid-week may find you in solitude.
Drive east past the Feudal Wall/Short Wall and park in the signed Rattlesnake Canyon Picnic Area. Walk east from the parking area to join a large wash (this is the Rattlesnake Canyon drainage), which is followed south (right) for about a 1/4 mile to a distinct right bend in the wash. The trail to the Corral Wall continues straight ahead (west) up and over a rocky notch to the Corral Wall which is hidden from view on the approach. Plan on 10-15 minutes to approach if all goes well.
Heading left (south) and up slabs (beside beautiful, deeply carved pools) instead of continuing straight to the rocky notch will lead further up Rattlesnake Canyon and access Rattlesnake Buttress, The Pyramid and the outer reaches of the northern Wonderland.
Weather station 5.9 miles from here
30 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',14],['Bomb',0]
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Exfoliation Confrontation 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a CA
: Joshua Tree National Park
: ... : Corral Wall - Right Side
This is a fun and juggy route. There were a few decently protected cruxes where smaller holds had to be used, but all in all it was sinker holds. This was in sharp contrast to most of my "smearing" J-Tree experiences. It was more like climbing Southeastern sandstone!This climb is on the right-hand portion of the Corral Wall, towards the left end of that side. Climb a dark wall with a few bolts and huge, apparent juggy holds, eventually going up and right into a light section of rock to finish at...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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By Bo Johnston
Dec 10, 2004
Great wall to climb on BUT it really seemed like the grades were soft by a couple letters at least. We climbed most all the recommended routes and loved 'em!
Oct 8, 2006
A nice place, especially when it's cold everywhere else.
Mar 12, 2012
A bit more approach beta.... When looking for the above described "notch", look for a distinct V-shaped notch on the horizon in the forward/right direction of the wash that you have been following. No need to make any sharp turns to see this from the wash.