Endless Wall Rock Climbing
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This is the crown jewel of all the crags on the New River. With nearly 3 miles of unbroken cliff (and nearly six if you include greater Endless Wall from Ambassador to Keeney's Buttress), breathtaking views, and as much exposure as you can get on a single pitch off the ground, it's easy to spend several days in a row here, or a season, or a lifetime. There is everything from glorious 100 foot bolted moderates to classic gear lines to modern sport and trad testpieces requiring mutant strength. Spring and Fall are the best seasons here, but it's possible to get great conditions at the Cirque in January, or Aesthetica area during August. The only thing this place lacks is an abundance of easy bolted lines-- to get the most out of Endless, you'll want to be solid on 5.10 trad and 5.11+ sport.
Since the Endless Wall Trail has been voted #1 hiking trail in a U.S. national park, it's been getting a lot of traffic. With this traffic come more issues, especially with parking. If you park along the road and your tires are touching the asphalt then you will get towed! Get there early to get a spot in one of the lots, and carpool if possible.
If you park at the Fern Point trail head you will hike in through the hemlock forest and cross a bridge (cut off right from the trail just before this bridge to access lower sections of Fern Buttress), go up hill and then come to a sign for climber's access on your right. Take that trail on the right and go down the ladders. This is Fern Point. Head left instead of right, follow the trail and the scenic views to reach the Honeymooner's ladder.
From the Nuttall parking you will walk through the hemlock forest, cross the bridge, and then head up a hill. Eventually you will see a sign on the left side of the trail for climbing access. Take that trail and down the ladders to go to the Cirque.
Roughly equidistant between the Fern Point and Cirque ladders is another set-- Honeymooner's ladders. Going down this set of ladders puts you dead in the middle (and arguably the most quality section) of Endless Wall at Snake Buttress.
As you get more familiar with the approaches to Endless, you'll find that there are also a few convenient rappel stations that facilitate getting to a few areas a bit quicker. They are mentioned in more detail (with pictures) in the Williams guidebook, and are generally easy to find off of the approach trail.
Classic Climbing Routes at Endless Wall
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