Short Wall 12-18-2008. Photo by Blitzo.
To say the Short Wall is a popular spot is an understatement and with it's distinct lack of approach, sunny south-facing orientation and abundance of easy to moderate crack and face routes it's no surprise. Although many of the routes can easily be lead, and are often soloed, it's toproping that rules here. Expect to find multiple ropes strung up on weekends as it's a popular spot with youth groups and other organizations teaching basic rock climbing - fortunately mid-week is more relaxed.
Make a left (heading southeast) at Billboard Buttress
, which is the road leading to Rattlesnake Canyon. The Short Wall
is on the left, facing south, just before two roads merge into one. Day use parking is available at the eastern end of the wall with room for approximately 8 vehicles.
Weather station 6.2 miles from here
30 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',18],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',0]
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Belay Girl 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b CA
: Joshua Tree National Park
: ... : Short Wall - Left Side
Located on the taller left side of the Short Wall about twenty feet right of an crack/break in the wall - Mad Race (5.4). Scramble onto a ledge at the base and set a belay. The first bolt is up high, so get the tallest person in your party to clip it if you can. The moves come at you from the time you start to the very end and are thin, tenuous and somewhat improbable. Being tall and/or having a long reach is especially helpful on this route. The rating may seem a bit of a sandba...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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By Brian Reynolds
Jun 26, 2002
If you want to climb on the right of this formation (the REALLY "short" area), get there EARLY. Boy scouts and church groups love to to gang-rope this one.
From: Sacramento, CA
Oct 26, 2003
There are 6 fun cracks 5.6 and under on the Short Wall that make for a fun early morning or late afternoon solo circuit. From left to right: Mad Race (5.4), Linda's Crack (5.2), Double Crack (5.3), Toe Jam Express (5.3), S.O.B. (5.6), and Donna T's Route (5.5). Chockstone Chimney makes for the quickest descent.
From: Yucca Valley, CA
Nov 29, 2004
the Short Wal as most know is usually crowded and of course really short. I have taken many, many groups there and feel it is a great formation to get newbies started. The easy walkup the back side and the many pro possibilities ad to this rock being a great one for teaching gear and the rest. It also is a fun rock to solo. Almost everyone that is reading this already knows all of what I have written. But the comments are few on this rock so I figured I toss some at it.............
By Rodger Raubach
Aug 30, 2012
On my (all too infrequent) trips to Joshua Tree, this area is invariably the first stop, snd is a great place to "work out the kinks" after a long drive.