Elevation: 1,584 ft
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Shared By: Glenn Burns on Apr 6, 2006 with updates from Benedict Rasmussen
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Description

The Prairie walls offer wonderful climbing any time there isn't snow around. The wall is east-facing, which means early sunlight on cool mornings and evening shade for warmer days. Many Cracks Buttress through the Sunday Buttress are the most popular areas of the park, but have ample room for a large number of climbers to congregate and climb. Access is easy as well, making it simple for people of all levels of fitness and their furry companions to join the climbers at the face.

A large portion of the Prairie Walls (from about Midnight Buttress and on North) has limited shade, so plan accordingly on hot summer days.

Getting There

From the highway, turn East onto 141st St. and follow the road for ~1.2 miles. On the left will be a turnoff into a small parking lot (across from a modest house with some cattle often grazing in the front.) There are two ways to get to the Prairie Walls from the parking lot.

  1. Follow the cement path for about .75 miles (at about .25 miles there is a latrine for any last-minute needs.) After passing the treeline on the left there is an obvious path cut in the grass that leads up to Jasper's Dihedral (5. Saturday Buttress.) while the immediate area is well-groomed, some bushwhacking North or South may be required to gain access to some parts of the Prairie Walls.
  2. Take the obvious path cut in the grass towards the quarry. Right before you enter the quarry, cut right into the woods. This is the "scenic" path that will take you by all of the wonderful climbing areas in the forest, such as Kanaranzi. This is the path less taken, so some minor bushwhacking may be required. Also note that this route is inadvisable in the summer due to swarms of hungry bugs.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Prairie Walls Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 12
Pedestal Left
Trad, TR
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 42
Ivy Right
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 63
Jasper's Dihedral
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 24
X
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 17
Becky's Arete
TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 6
Yellow Lichen Crack
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 21
Mean Streak
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 24
Balcony Center
TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 6
Warrior's Waltz
TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 9
Poika
TR
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 5
No Go Crack
Trad, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Pedestal Left 2. Yellow Lichen Butt…
 12
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad, TR
Ivy Right 5. Saturday Buttress
 42
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, TR
Jasper's Dihedral 5. Saturday Buttress
 63
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
X 9. Chimney Buttress
 24
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Becky's Arete 5. Saturday Buttress
 17
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c TR
Yellow Lichen Crack 2. Yellow Lichen Butt…
 6
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Mean Streak 6. Midnight Buttress
 21
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, TR
Balcony Center 7. Sunday Buttress
 24
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a TR
Warrior's Waltz 7. Sunday Buttress
 6
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c TR
Poika 9. Chimney Buttress
 9
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c TR
No Go Crack 7. Sunday Buttress
 5
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, TR
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