North Canyon Wall Rock Climbing
Photo taken from the drainage
The north wall of Falling Rock Canyon is where the bulk of the climbs have been established. The aspect of the cliff is south facing, so climbing is good at this wall in the winter, but it can be too hot during scorching summer afternoons. The climbing is mainly on vertical limestone faces with small pockets. Also, there are at least three crack climbs on this face.
Follow the directions to Falling Rock under the area description. Then park at the pulloff immediately after turning off highway 44. Follow a trail east from the parking spots for several hundred feet to the cliff side. This trail leads all the way to the canyon rim edge. A large tree grows from just below the rim. This is the top of Garden Party. To the left and the right are several sets of bolted anchors for other various climbs.
From here, either set up a toprope on one of the anchors, or retrace your steps part of the way back towards the car. A faint trail can be seen which leads into a chimney with a chockstone in it. Squeeze through the hole in the chimney to get to the canyon floor, and then traverse over to the base of the climbs to lead them.
Weather station 11.0 miles from here
18 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in North Canyon Wall
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for North Canyon Wall:
Two Bits 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'
Blockhead 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 70'
Seams to Go 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'
Adaptation 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Featured Route For North Canyon Wall
Why Be Normal 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c SD
: Falling Rock
: North Canyon Wall
Fun varied climbing on the longest route at Falling Rock. The guidebook rates this at 5.9 but I have a hard time believing it even makes the 5.8 grade as I suggested. The initial moves to the 1st bolt and pulling over the bulge to get above it are the hardest. After that it's a cruiser on good holds. Very good for a first lead at FR as long as the start doesn't scare you away. ...[more] Browse More Classics in SD