Sign Up  |   Log In:Login with Facebook
REI Community
Upper Town Wall

Select Area...
Beach, The 
Black Sea, The 
Central Wall Area 
Dana's Arch Area 
Earwax Wall 
Left of Earwax 
Lower Cheeks 
Sport Wall 

Upper Town Wall Rock Climbing 

Photos:  Recent | Best | Popular
Location: 47.824, -121.5655 View Map  Incorrect?
Page Views: 127,162
Administrators: Scott Coldiron, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Jon Nelson on May 19, 2012
You & This Area
Best climbs for YOU in this area
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]
upper town wall aerial photo


The huge wall sitting above the town of Index visible from the road into town. Has routes both short and long, both aid and free, and both trad and sport. At about 30-min, it has a longer approach than the 2-min one to the Lower Wall, but well worth the hike.

Classic aid lines include Town Crier and Green Dragon. Great multipitch free routes include the Davis-Holland, Wildest Dreams, and Heaven's Gate. Also many 1-pitch routes at the base. The Cheeks area has routes that tend to stay dry in a rain and easy-to-set-up top ropes.
(Based on original Description and Getting There from Jonah, 2006)

Getting There 

From the Lower Wall parking, follow the train tracks to the Country area. Walk to the far right of the clearing, near the start of GM (there may be a notice board up) and follow the obvious path uphill to the base of the central wall area.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.0 miles from here

63 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',24],['3 Stars',31],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Upper Town Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Upper Town Wall:
The Zipper   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch   Lower Cheeks
Lovin' Arms   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches   Central Wall Area
Davis-Holland Route   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   Central Wall Area
The Black Flag of the Schwarzer Kamin   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 60'   Earwax Wall
Heaven's Gate   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 4 pitches   Dana's Arch Area
Green Drag-on   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c C2-3     Trad, Aid, 6 pitches, 500'   Central Wall Area
Up'er Zipper   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 4 pitches, 300'   The Beach
Dana's Arch   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c A3     Trad, Sport, Aid, 4 pitches   Dana's Arch Area
Earwax   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   Earwax Wall
Golden Road   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 5 pitches, 500'   Dana's Arch Area
Clay   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Lower Cheeks
Gods Bones   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 2 pitches, 150'   The Black Sea
Echolocation   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   The Black Sea
Black Sea   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 250'   The Black Sea
Dead Reckoning (aka the Terry-Michaels route)   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   The Beach
Wildest Dreams   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 4 pitches, 350'   Dana's Arch Area
Normandy   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport   The Beach
Raggedy Andy   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Earwax Wall
Swim   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Trad, 6 pitches, 500'   Central Wall Area
Town Crier   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Trad, 6 pitches, 700'   Central Wall Area
Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in Upper Town Wall

Featured Route For Upper Town Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Earwax follows the crack, but is mostly face moves...

Earwax 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  WA : Index : ... : Earwax Wall
Slightly dicey climbing off the ground leads better protected but thin climbing through discontinuous cracks to a steep section through a bulge. The technical crux is just below the roof, then you have a decent rest before the pumpy crux. One can stop at the Young Cynics anchor at 75'. The original first pitch went another 55' to a higher anchor with a harder crux, making a 130', stellar thin crack pitch....[more]   Browse More Classics in WA

Comments on Upper Town Wall Add Comment
Show which comments
- none yet -

The Definitive
Climbing Resource

Inspiration & Motivation
to Fuel Your Run

Next Generation Mountain
Bike Trail Maps

Backcountry, Sidecountry
& Secret Stashes

Better Data. Better Tools.
Better Hikes!