Access Issue: Red Rock RAIN AND WET ROCK: The sandstone is fragile and is very easily damaged when wet. Details

Description

The Brass Wall is a shorter wall with a few longer climbs. It is clearly not the Red Rocks classic canyon wall with its long multi-pitch routes and certainly not the classic Red Rocks sport crag with the wild red overhangs. In fact, it's not the classic Red Rocks anything, but it is a nice crag with nice climbs and worth a visit for sure.

The Brass Wall gets good daytime sun in the winter, the dark hard patina over the smooth rock gives it a bright glare in the strong light, and also forms the crags character, smooth, solid, and pleasant overall. A few dirtier lines and broken juggy climbs are also to be found however. The routes there are mostly easy to moderate and all of them are trad, with fixed rap stations. A few hard lines are present as well.

The best lines I did on this wall were Heavy Spider Karma (5.6), Topless Twins (5.9) and Mushroom People (5.10+).

Once here, the nearby Straight Shooter Wall offers a few more route opportunities with mostly 5.11 grades, and a few sport routes.

Getting There

Park as for Pine Creek Canyon and approach initially as for the Mescalito's 'dark side.' After spotting the Beer And Ice Gully, the huge gully above a dirty and broken red cliff band, head on a maze of ambiguous trails to reach the edge of the soft red cliff band. This dirt-piled mess can be soloed over, but that is dicey.

To the left of this gully is the Brass Wall, and to the right is Straight-Shooter Wall. Instead of battling through the red band, skirt its edge to either end (preferably right) and them make your way left to the Brass Wall. The climbs The Bus Stops Here, Mushroom People and Topless Twins should be visible as you approach.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Brass Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 86
Heavy Spider Karma
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 66
Rawlpindi
Trad 5 pitches
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 993
Birdland
Trad 6 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 141
Varnishing Point
Trad 2 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 65
The Big Horn
Trad 6 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 233
Topless Twins
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R
 66
Bush Pilots
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 36
No Laughing Matter
Trad 2 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
 3
Simpatico
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 22
Brass Balls
Trad 4 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 141
Mushroom People
Trad
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 25
Spectrum
Trad 7 pitches
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
 11
Go Greyhound
Trad
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R
 15
Fungus folks
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13
 13
Sky Dive
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Heavy Spider Karma
 86
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Rawlpindi
 66
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 5 pitches
Birdland
 993
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 6 pitches
Varnishing Point
 141
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
The Big Horn
 65
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 6 pitches
Topless Twins
 233
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Bush Pilots
 66
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R Trad
No Laughing Matter
 36
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Simpatico
 3
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13 Trad
Brass Balls
 22
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 4 pitches
Mushroom People
 141
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Spectrum
 25
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 7 pitches
Go Greyhound
 11
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c PG13 Trad
Fungus folks
 15
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R Trad
Sky Dive
 13
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13 Trad
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Randy Carmichael
Boulder, CO
Randy Carmichael   Boulder, CO
There is a nice trail that skirts the right side of the red cliff band. Follow the trail to the top of the red cliff band, then head west on flat terrain across the top of the red cliff band until you are directly below Brass Wall. Then, follow a good trail up the bushy hill. Nov 8, 2004