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Sesame Street  


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Description 

Limestone sport climbing on east facing wall. 75 ft. from 5.7 to maybe 5.10, certainly 5.9. Only 2 are topropeable.

Getting There 

Approach from Mary Jane trailhead.

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.7 miles from here

9 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',2],['5.8',3],['5.9',3],['5.10',1],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Sesame Street:
Don't Cry Big Bird   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport   
Ernie Steps Out   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport   
Snufalupagous   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Sport   
The Count Becomes Difficult   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   
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Don't Cry Big Bird 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  NV : Mt. Charleston : Sesame Street
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Photos of Sesame Street Slideshow Add Photo
Hiking down into the bowl at the base of the Universal Wall.  If you enlarge you can see a climber in red preparing to ascend one of the hard projects right behind where he is sitting
Hiking down into the bowl at the base of the Unive...
Avalanche blasted hidden hanging meadow at Universal Wall early May still a bit of snow in the shade and showing the Aspen copse you traverse to get to Sesame Street
BETA PHOTO: Avalanche blasted hidden hanging meadow at Univers...
Climber near the anchors on "Don't Cry Big Bird" at Sesame Street
Climber near the anchors on "Don't Cry Big Bird" a...
Rapping down "Absolutely Foolproof"
Rapping down "Absolutely Foolproof"
Current Topos Drawn in on Sesame Street Photo
BETA PHOTO: Current Topos Drawn in on Sesame Street Photo
Lead Rope laying on "Middle Aged"   5.7.  Done with Julie Brenner.  First lead: Tom Beck
BETA PHOTO: Lead Rope laying on "Middle Aged" 5.7. Done wit...
East Face of Universal Wall; Sesame Street in mid lower foreground.  Shadow line lays over the Hydra
BETA PHOTO: East Face of Universal Wall; Sesame Stre...
Photo center is the multi pitch "Hydra"
BETA PHOTO: Photo center is the multi pitch "Hydra"
Testimony to the snow pack in some winters past.  We call it the Odalisque tree.  Right off the trail about 1/3 of the way up.
BETA PHOTO: Testimony to the snow pack in some winters past. ...
View of the 900ft. East Face and Sesame Street, the dark grey limestone slab tucked in low and right
View of the 900ft. East Face and Sesame Street, th...
2nd pitch of the Hydra
2nd pitch of the Hydra
Mary Ellen Casterline and Kirsten Bridges top roped on "Point of Inflection" and "Absolutely Foolproof"
Mary Ellen Casterline and Kirsten Bridges top rope...
Project ground up climb.  "Dirty Girl" at about 5.8 to first set of anchors.  See the black line in the photo.
BETA PHOTO: Project ground up climb. "Dirty Girl" at about 5....
Kristen Bridges on "Point of Inflection".  It's a little reachy in places
Kristen Bridges on "Point of Inflection". It's a ...
At the top of Sesame Street
At the top of Sesame Street
Kristen works the crux on "Point of Inflection"
Kristen works the crux on "Point of Inflection"
Micca cruises "Grover Explains Near and Far" at Sesame Street
Micca cruises "Grover Explains Near and Far" at Se...
Mary Ellen Casterline leads "Senior Citizen" 5.6
Mary Ellen Casterline leads "Senior Citizen" 5.6
Start of the trail up to Sesame Street and Universal Wall
BETA PHOTO: Start of the trail up to Sesame Street and Univers...
Julie Brenner racked up and ready in front of "Middle Aged"
Julie Brenner racked up and ready in front of "Mid...
up sideways and straight up pine tree
BETA PHOTO: up sideways and straight up pine tree
leading Snufillupigous at Sesame Street
BETA PHOTO: leading Snufillupigous at Sesame Street
2nd pitch of the Hydra
2nd pitch of the Hydra
This plant is "threatened".  If you climb near one do not disturb
BETA PHOTO: This plant is "threatened". If you climb near one...

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By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
Jul 10, 2012
More info on how to find this area and where each route is would be much appreciated.
By Cultivating Mass
Jul 22, 2012
Classic descriptions. So much effort put forth. Can't wait to not bother wandering around looking for this well-documented area.

Fail.
By iDunn
Aug 29, 2012
I have been asked to remove this info from MP.
By Thomas Beck
From: Las Vegas, Nevada
Sep 24, 2012
How do you get to Sesame Street?

Hmmm...Find your way to Mary Jane Falls trailhead parking. Google maps is not much help here. Follow the 157 past the Charleston Fire Station and go straight on Echo Road where the 157 turns left to go up the hill to the old Charleston Hotel.

Follow Echo Road and the signs to the Mary Jane parking lot trail head. Look south and you will see the 1200 ft.grey and golden Universal Wall. Sesame Street, a dark grey limestone slab, is tucked in on the lower right hand side.

Cross the wood fence and go south across the meadow. There is a chopped off at 4' small pine tree for a good initial marker. Cross in the dry wash. Behind it, still south, is a steep gully. See photo of trail start on this page. Ascend the gully about 60 meters and break right towards a old large stump. Before the stump the climber's trail begins switch-backing up the hill. There aren't many cairns now but the trail is pretty clear. It generally follows linked game trails up the rounded buttress. Halfway up there will be a short limestone cliff on your left. Follow the trail to the top of buttress and a very short descent into the hanging "meadow". Go through the copse of bent over Aspen trees and climb the slope to the wall. I'm gonna guess it's 3/4 mile. Average time up with a load is 35 to 45 minutes. Not anywhere as strenuous as getting to Crimson Chrysalis. Not as consistently steep as going to the Hood. Sesame Street shades in the afternoon. As of April 29th around 1:30 PM. Climb slightly harder or much harder stuff in the shade while you wait for the sun to pass over.

Alternately you can ascend the main drainage gully of the Universal Wall. Simply cross the meadow going slightly west to find the start of the trail. It is also a good trail and shorter than the first one but with more rocks and downed logs to cross over. Takes you into the bottom of the hanging meadow.

A couple caveats: Don't go into that area when snow is on the rim of the Universal Wall. You will be exposing yourself to rockfall from the rim. Don't go after a couple days of heavy rain for the same reason. Believe me a helmet won't help much in that situation.

2012 we started climbing at Sesame Street in early May. 2013 we started April 15th right after the temps on Charleston were no longer below 32 at night. When you can first go varies from year to year of course. Season ends sometime in late September generally.

There are many other routes at the Universal Wall and some are in active development. Please respect any fluids cache you may find. Any tidbits of gear: Leave them where you found them. I hate to be a jerk but understand these routes were created as a service to the climbing community and in no way represent "test pieces". Merely a cool place to climb very moderate routes with friends and family during the heat of summer. This information can come down quicker than it went up. The rest you know: Don't leave trash around. Respect the plant life(some is on the "threatened list") and animal life.

Right of the Hydra are 2 easy sport climbs: left to right... "Middle Aged" 5.7 and "Senior Citizen" 5.6. "Senior Citizen" is well protected and good first lead material. Left of the Hydra is a hard top rope, then "Absolutely Foolproof" 5.9+ and "Point of Inflection" 5.10b/c. Left of "Point of Inflection" are two more top rope climbs in the hard 5.10+ range. Access them from the ledge system at the top of the first pitch of the Hydra. In this area is Stinging Nettle. You can use " Sting Stop" to treat it; wear socks and over the knee climbing pants when hiking through it. Consult either "Islands in the Sky" or "Las Vegas Limestone" guidebooks if you can't find the Hydra.