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Next to Mount Wilson, The Rainbow Wall is one of the most prominent natural features of the Red Rocks area. Visible all the way from the campground, it is also the location of most of the big wall routes in Red Rocks. The classic Original Route (5.12) was pushed up the center of the wall by Red Rocks pioneers Joe Herbst and Larry Hamilton back in 1973 and remains one of the most sought-after routes in the canyon today.
The Rainbow Wall can be approached via either the Pine Creek or Oak Creek parking areas. If you are planning on hiking out down Oak Creek after your climb, the Oak Creek Lot is your best bet, but I usually approach via Pine Creek. Either way, hike into the guts of Juniper Canyon, working your way left to find a drainage that comes down from The Rainbow Wall. There is usually some sort of fixed rope (and maybe some water) coming down this chute. From here, hump up what Swain calls "600 lung-searing yards" of slabs to the base of the wall and your intended route. Overnight stays require a bivy permit.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Rainbow Wall:
Birdhunter Buttress 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 9 pitches, 1000'
The Original Route 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ E6 6b Trad, 14 pitches, 1000'
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The Original Route 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ E6 6b NV : Red Rock : ... : The Rainbow Wall
The Original Route on the Rainbow Wall is perhaps Red Rocks’ finest route. It is certainly a crown jewel in terms of achievement: Once you’ve climbed it, things like Levitation 29 and Cloud Tower seem like cragging routes. On a personal note, I made two separate trips to Red Rocks (before I lived there) specifically to climb this route (both times being thwarted by weather), and after breaking my legs in a fall in January of ’06, I wondered if I’d ever climb it. But after a successful rehabil...[more] Browse More Classics in NV
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