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Shared By: Seth R on Apr 18, 2007 with updates from Rprops and 1 other
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Access Issue: Red Rock RAIN AND WET ROCK: The sandstone is fragile and is very easily damaged when wet. Details


Best cliff here, perfectly overhanging, northwest-facing wall, just north of Trophy towards Turtlehead Peak. Hides the hardest collection of routes at Red Rocks and is probably the best wall for 13s. Not a crowded area either... yet... Not the greatest warm-ups though.

Getting There

Hike as you're headed towards The Trophy Wall but continue straight where Trophy trail heads right on Turtlehead trail. Once walls diminish, curve right down backside of cliffband til you see the sweeping overhanging wall about 70 ft tall. (This wall can also be accessed by hiking through Trophy area and down backside of cliff through a ravine -- not recommended).

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Jonathan Siegrist
his truck
Jonathan Siegrist   his truck
No doubt, the BEST wall at Red Rocks for hard routes. Great on warmer days. Jan 14, 2012
Aimee Rose
Bend, or
Aimee Rose   Bend, or
A bunch of the holds here (you are what you is and Ambushed especially) have been sprayed with some sort of glue. I guess someone thought it would keep the routes from deteriorating, but all it has done is make the holds more slippery. What a bummer! Apr 17, 2017
On one visit to this wall, perhaps Spring 2016, I watched a guy standing either just left or just right of "You Are What You Is" knocking little chunks of rock down with a stick. He chose a spot where the rock looked weak, whacked it for a moment to break up the rock, then kind of scratched out the broken material with the stick (Think of a flake with rotten rock underneath).He said "Oh, there's a hold." and then moved on to a different spot, like a little seam where the rock on the left side was soften/sandier than the rock on the right side. He whacked this thing for a minute until a small edge was visible, then stepped back, looked that section of the wall up and down and said, "Yeah, that'll go." Not really sure if he was serious, but of course we've seen the chipped holds on other routes.

I didn't speak up because the guy seemed to be local, or at least involved with locals who were establishing routes on the right side of the wall. I suppose MP user "aggressiveperfector" would be able to explain what the ettiquette is at this wall. Dec 2, 2018
Seth R
Las Vegas, NV
Seth R   Las Vegas, NV
Where's Walden,
Ya this what is called "cleaning" routes. Especially when it comes to choss, aka, all of Red Rox. There wouldn't be any routes on the Secret 13 Wall without substantial/heavy cleaning and a generous use of Sika. It's just the way it goes buddy, sorry to break this news to you. Almost every other sport crag in the country is the same.

Hope this helps to clear it up for you. Dec 2, 2018
Where's Walden,
The guy must have been joking. But Im not even sure what your getting at? If he was scratching and wacking at "rotten" rock with a stick that sounds like cleaning a route.

But holds have been broken and repaired glued etc on that wall since day one.

If you don't like it go somewhere like the valley and climb on all natural piton scars. Dec 2, 2018