Hoback Shield Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: The Hoback Shield
The Hoback Shield ("The Shield") is a slabby escarpment of nice limestone with a good selection of route different than any found elsewhere in the valley. If you enjoy calf pumps, pinches, dimples, and a few good roof pulls, check this place out!
Best in spring and fall. Summer is OK until the sun hits it at about 11 AM. The cliff is directly south facing. A good combo day can be made by hitting the Shield in the morning and Rodeo Wall in the afternoon.
Most of the routes were developed by Joe Sottile (AKA Maxwell Yanoff), Greg Miles, and a few others in the early 90s. Miles returned in the early 2000s to retrobolt a few of the sportier classics, thus making them extremely popular. Also in the early 00s, Trevor Bowman added a nice selection of moderate sport routes. Despite the rebolting efforts, routes here are still considered sporty by some. Bring your slab head!
There are a handful of trad routes here which should prove exciting for anyone interesting in polished limestone cracks. Also, many of the sport routes have second pitches that go to the top of the cliff and are protected by trad gear. Please be careful if you decide to top out. Much loose rock exists up there.
(NOTE: these were amended 6/2015 after being inaccurate for many years)
The Shield sits above the Hoback River. If you're driving from Jackson, make a left at Hoback Junction onto Highway 189/191 into Hoback Canyon, paralleling the Hoback River. Drive approx. 11 mi, crossing the river 4 times. Shortly after crossing the Hoback River the 4th time, park in a large pullout which will appear on the right (south) side of the road. The south-facing cliff is visible and sits above you across the road.
Cross the road and encounter a nice trail, which switchbacks up to the base of the cliff. Allow about 10 minutes.
Weather station 1.0 miles from here
23 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Hoback Shield
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Hoback Shield:
Featured Route For Hoback Shield
McFlatus Roof 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b WY
: Jackson Hole
: ... : McFlatus Roof Area
Very enjoyable face climbing on great edges (some of them flakes) leads to a large roof. Clip the bolt, feel around, and pull the thing! There's a pin in a horizontal crack right above the lip... clip it if you must, but beware of rope drag. The fall would be fine without clipping the pin. There's a variation that sports an independent start just left of McFlatus, then joins with it below the roof. ...[more] Browse More Classics in WY
By Stevie Nacho
Oct 26, 2008
Way better than the Rodeo Wall. This place can provide some fun climbing, but should not be a destination. The routes are well bolted with new bolts and hanger, to protect the sometimes greasy hand and footholds. Its fun for a day or so.
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 1, 2009
Was hot in the July afternoon sun. Would be great for a morning or a cloudy afternoon.
From: Denver, CO
Aug 9, 2010
You have to cross the river 4 times...this is really important. Additionally, it's not a good idea to give directions in minutes. People drive different speeds (not all of us drive the speed limit, and that's assuming the person that wrote these directions drove the speed limit). Lastly, after you cross the 4th river crossing, you'll see a pull-off on your right, but the wall will be across the street on your left (south-facing, like the author noted). Hope this helps someone...we literally were on a treasure hunt for over an hour because of the "2 river crossings comment".
From: Lander, WY
Aug 3, 2011
After a tough time because of the "two crossings" I finally found it. It's ~10-11 miles from the junction with rt 26.
By Nick Stayner
From: Billings, MT
Jun 14, 2015
Sorry for leading you guys on "treasure hunts"! I updated the directions to reflect your comments.