Routes on the left side of Early Wall Photo court...
Early Wall is the broad wall on the left side of the canyon. This area sees sun early in the a.m., and shade the rest of the day.
Climbs are in three sections of the cliff:
- The easiest approach is by the Runway/Grotto approach trail. This trail starts in the arroyo straight across from the trail to the Winter Wall.
- Climbs at the "Left End" (east) are also easily reached by a faint trail with cairns, along the left end of the talus.
Weather station 6.8 miles from here
37 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',23],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Early Wall
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Early Wall:
Featured Route For Early Wall
Lichening The Serpent 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a NM
: Santa Fe Area
: ... : Observatory Wall (Upper Tie...
The opening moves set the tempo for this exposed and sustained classic. The crux is through the bottom moves but does not jump out at you as a crux at any time. It is pretty sustained, balancy, and thin climbing from the get go. You have to move like a serpent would in S shapes and have good footwork. Very interesting and a must do, but not on a wet day....[more] Browse More Classics in NM
By Karl Kiser
Apr 1, 2008
For the record, a number of the cracks on Early Wall (both of the extreme left side and near Up to Bat) were done by a combination of Tom Wezwick, Mark Thomas, Chris Kessler, Alex Sfakianos and Karl Kiser. Rick Bradshaw et. al. may have done these at about the same time but we spent a lot of time cleaning. Rick isn't the only one to have worked on a route and then found it bolted.
By Aaron Miller
From: Santa Fe, NM
Sep 26, 2012
Appears to be a new trail leading to this crag and the Grotto area. Starts in the arroyo, just across from where the trail heads up to the Cave or Winter Wall. Great Trail!!!!
By Jason Young
From: Los Alamos, NM
Oct 1, 2012
The new trail is GREAT! Whoever put in all that work, THANKS!!! I think this trail works just fine for access to the Grotto also.