Elevation: 5,500 ft
GPS: 35.805, -106.142 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Description

The Observatory Wall is the tier of rock above the Runway, on Early Wall. North-facing and shaded (good in summer). Reach these climbs by climbing the Runway (Lower Tier) routes below them, usually continuing past the anchors through a blocky section to a higher belay at the base of the Observatory Wall routes. Due to loose rocks, you can't easily/safely traverse very far along the base of the upper tier.

To descend, some climbs may require a 70m rope, 2nd rope, or shenanigans, or walk off to the left. Check the route descriptions to see the best approach pitches, and to see if you'll want a 2nd rope.

It's worth it, the rock quality and views are great.

Getting There

Follow the approach for The Grotto but head left (east) before entering the Grotto proper. Climb a route on the Runway (Lower Tier) to reach the upper tier, the Observatory Wall.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Observatory Wall (Upper Tier)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
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Luna Lumina
Trad 2 pitches
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13
 4
Airbus
Trad 2 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
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Lichening The Serpent
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Luna Lumina
 4
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c PG13 Trad 2 pitches
Airbus
 4
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13 Trad 2 pitches
Lichening The Serpent
 7
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
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