BETA PHOTO: The Wall (Right Side) with a climber on Chalk Up A...
The Wall is, as the name implies, a wall of rock that runs along the east side of the main campground loop, separating it from the back loop. It's a fairly long and narrow formation that extends from just south of Outhouse Rock almost all the way to Chimney Rock. The majority of routes are found on the west face although there are a few lines on the northeast side.
Rock quality here varies from somewhat poor to great with most being decent. Routes here run 5.6 to 5.11+, with most being cracks or traditonally bolted (i.e. somewhat sporty) faces. Additionally, good bouldering can be found scatterd about the base of the formation. Recommended routes include Hands Off
(5.8), Chalk Up Another One
(5.10a), and Pumping Ego
Descents generally requires nothing more than a quick scramble, and for that reason it's a popular spot to run up and enjoy an outrageous desert sunset if camping in the immediate vicinity.
Park in the day use lot or if you're lucky saunter over from your campsite via the paved loop road in Hidden Valley Campground - the approach is minimal. Approaching several of the routes takes you very close to some campsites, so please be courteous and ask before cutting through their site or better yet walk around.
Weather station 9.9 miles from here
12 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',2]
Classic Climbing Routes in The Wall
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Wall:
Featured Route For The Wall
Hands Off 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c CA
: Joshua Tree National Park
: ... : The Wall - Left Side
With it's easy approach, fun moves and varied climbing it's easy to see why this route is so popular. Located on the left-most section of The Wall, a little before the northern apex of the front loop in Hidden Valley Campground. The crack is enjoyable throughout it's entire length, with stemming, jamming and combinations of the two techniques all played out on good rock. Gear belay and a somewhat circuitous but easy downclimb off the slabby backside. Hint: once down to the desert floor, head ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
At the crux. Photo: Eric Draper