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Shared By: Brian Quiter on Jun 22, 2002
Admins: M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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Access Issue: No new bolts. Respect signs and private property owners near the crags. Details


The Welcome Wall is a big, highly featured cliff that looks as though the rock was very loose. Fortunelately, its not. The easiest landmark for finding routes is Wing of Bat, which is right in the middle of the face. It ascends a series of cracks and flakes in a slight dihedral.

Getting There

Approach time: 20 - 25 minutes.

From the point where Shell Road turns to dirt, the trailhead to The Welcome Wall, The Grotto, Cave Wall, Ort Wall, The Eastern Front, and Mid Wall is 1.2 miles further down road.

Park in the main Table Mountain Parking lot, where there is a nice large sign stating that the road is closed for revegetation.Walk along the old road past the white gate, until you see the distinct (it's the only one!) access path heading off the main road to the left about 500 yards later.

You'll know you're on the right trail when you see a telephone pole with the number 40 spray-painted on it just to the right of the trail (its about 25 yards from the walk-in road, but you won't be able to tell until you get closer).

Once you're on the correct trail, it gets pretty simple. Follow the trail (watch out for poison oak) until it reaches a large talus field. Continue diagnally up and left as you're looking uphill on the talus, and soon you'll be beneath the Welcome Wall.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Welcome Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Roe vs. Wade
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Wing of Bat
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Roe vs. Wade
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Wing of Bat
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
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There are two newer routes not found in the Falcon guide book at the Welcome Wall.

(1) Between Welcome Mat (10b), the furthest climb left on this wall, and what I think is Keebler's Revenge (11a) is a route with some shiny new hangers. The anchor is located directly next to the anchor for Welcome Mat, so the height is roughly the same (maybe a little longer since it starts down the hill a little), but this route has several more bolts than Welcome Mat (new school vs. old school). I climbed it a little on TR. It might go at 5.11? Name unknown. More info please if anyone has it.

(2) There is also a newer route that branches off of Wing of Bat (10a), the reputed guano reserve. This route takes off right after sharing the first four bolts with Wing of Bat. Several hard looking moves put you on a blank, overhanging pillar that's entirely covered in lichen. The anchors above look to be at the level of Keebler's Revenge (11a/11a R) to the right, so it must be roughly 85 feet long. Needs cleaning. Does anyone know whose project this is and what it might go at? 12+/13-?

Some notes about this wall:

(a) The lichen (if that's what it is) is deceptive. It was relatively cool in the shade, and the stuff doesn't really flake off. The rock is still tacky despite how much of it there is. (see route notes)

(b) The bolting and ratings vary a bit. Some are well protected, others are runout and have bolts in lame-seeming places. The two 11as were drastically different. The 10b felt like 10+ and I just got plain stopped by a bunch of stuff.

(c) Sick, guy. I'll be back. there's good projects here.

It looks like the Grotto area has a lot of fun stuff, too.

The Ort Wall looks like a gym.

The Grotto looks like a good place for the beginning trad leader to crag, place some gear, and not have to worry toom uch about building anchors (many fixed anchors).

Oct 4, 2005
the thing you are referring to, that branches off 'wing of a bat' is a route i put up a while back. i have spent some time cleaning and working it, but have yet to send. a little dirty but the rock is impeccable on that formation. it will continue to clean up as i work it. i have put up some other 12s in the area, and it feels much harder than any of those. i have pulled every more, but have not linked it. i feel like it will go soon. Jan 11, 2006
John Robinson
Elk Grove, ca
John Robinson   Elk Grove, ca
We put up the route you refer to just right of "Welcome Matt" it is 11c and called "Welcome All" Jun 20, 2007
You'll know you're on the right trail when you see a telephone pole with the number 41 spray-painted on it just to the right of the trail

The pole on the approach trail is number 40 not 41. Nov 22, 2009
Salt Lake City
Phil   Salt Lake City
I went up to the Grotto the other day and found the instructions lacking/wrong in a few spots.

At the parking area there are two white gates, do not follow the first one on the left but the further one that continues along the road you've come in on.

There are quite a few trail leading off this road probably from people like me getting lost. The one you are looking for is probably a ten minute hike up and begins as a 4x4 road that branches of left like a Y, not a sharp left. Follow this up and past a utility pole that has "40" painted on it (not "41) right next to the trail. The trail is obvious from here. good luck! Oct 11, 2012
I paced off the walk along the road to the approach trail head and it is quite a bit more than 500 yards. I added a photo of the start of the approach trail to the photo album for Welcome wall. As noted above, there are quite a few trails that head off to the left before then. The last section of the road driving in is pretty rough, and probably not worth driving for most passenger vehicles. Again as noted above there are two white gates in (and a toilet) in the final parking lot. Use the gate that is straight ahead, not the one on the left. Nov 11, 2016
The approach beta photo mentioned in the above comment by SWGuillemot is correct-- note that there is another trail that heads left off of the fire road about a hundred yards before the correct trail. Jun 12, 2017