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Upper Town Wall Rock Climbing 


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Location: 47.824, -121.5655 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Scott Coldiron, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Jon Nelson on May 19, 2012
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Description 

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

69 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',27],['3 Stars',34],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',2],['5.8',1],['5.9',2],['5.10',14],['5.11',25],['5.12',21],['5.13',3],['>=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]

Classic Climbing Routes in Upper Town Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Upper Town Wall:
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 Brett Thompson and Scott Fuller Memorial Route   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 5 pitches   Dana's Arch Area
Heaven's Gate   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 4 pitches   Dana's Arch Area
The Crimson Eye    5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 4 pitches   Dana's Arch Area
Up'er Zipper   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 4 pitches, 300'   The Beach
Golden Road   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 5 pitches, 500'   Dana's Arch Area
Earwax   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   Earwax Wall
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
Tempituous   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 3 pitches, 250'   Dana's Arch Area
Dead Reckoning (aka the Terry-Michaels route)   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   The Beach
Good Girls Like Bad Boys   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 5 pitches, 450'   Central Wall Area
Wildest Dreams   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 4 pitches, 350'   Dana's Arch Area
Rise and Fall   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Trad, 5 pitches, 600'   Central Wall Area
Swim   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Trad, 6 pitches, 500'   Central Wall Area
Technicians of the Sacred   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 6 pitches, 400'   Central Wall Area
Town Crier   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Trad, 6 pitches, 700'   Central Wall Area
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Featured Route For Upper Town Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Loren Foss on pitch 2 of Lovin' Arms.

Lovin' Arms 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  WA : Index : ... : Central Wall Area
This route continues directly upward from the third pitch of Davis-Holland, and the linkup of these two is considered a classic.P1: 5.10b - From the anchor, tenuous face holds and side-pulling in shallow cracks brings you to an excellent hand crack. Follow the hand crack up into a mossy chimney that presents many options. A two-bolt anchor lies on the left side of the chimney on top of a small ledge.P2: 5.10a, 5.10c A0, or 5.11c, depending on how you go - The original route, with a single bolt...[more]   Browse More Classics in WA

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