BETA PHOTO: Jailhouse Rock.
Photo by Blitzo.
Jailhouse Rock is a jumbled up kind of an area over at the far west end of Indian Cove. There are three short routes listed in the guidebooks, although I'm not sure any of them are worth the effort. There are some interesting dikes and crystals to check out on the more or less south-facing rock.
Park at the loop at the far west end of the family campground road. You will be looking at a north-facing, low angle slab with a couple of prominent dikes cutting through it. A lot of people call this slab Jailhouse Rock, but it's not -- it's Nature Trail Wall. For Jailhouse, walk south on a well-esstablished trail about 50 yards or so and hang a left behind the corner of the formation. There is a small flat area, but you have to do a little bit of scrambling up the wide gully to get to the climbs. Cellbound (5.5) is at the top of gully (right side of the south face), and the other two climbs are a bit left of Cellbound. Head north from the top of the climbs to the obvious descent through the gully between Jailhouse and Nature Trail rocks.
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This route is a mellow climb to warm up on or solo as it's relatively secure and straight forward. A few meters left of Cell Bound (arete on the upper right side of the west face) there is a large right-facing corner.Climb up into this and follow it to the top of the rock, then go up over the summit to a downclimb E or W, either one of which requires a few heads up scramble moves harder than the climb itself...!...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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|Comments on Jailhouse Rock
|By Tony B|
From: Around Boulder, CO
Apr 2, 2009
The North face of this rock is a slab with 3 bolted lines and a 5.3 quartz dike. What is this called? The routes, left to right are:
5.7 bolted, 5.8 bolted, 5.3 dike, 5.6 bolted. All grades estimated...
EDIT: Answer is that it is Nature Trail wall.
From: Sacramento, CA
May 6, 2013
the GPS coordinates listed here are incorrect. Can someone provide accurate ones? Thanks in advance.