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Access Issue: Red Rock RAIN AND WET ROCK: The sandstone is fragile and is very easily damaged when wet. Details


The Basin Wall and the Outlaw Wall are two walls that sit high on Mt Wilson's east face. The Basin Wall is labeled in the photo on this page; the Outlaw Wall is the tall, narrow panel of beautiful brown rock that sits slightly below and down around the corner to the left of the Basin Wall. They face east and southeast, respectively, and are located to the south (left) of the more recognizable Horseshoe Wall.

The rock, like much of Wilson, varies considerably but for the most part is solid and is notably better than the poor rock typical at the top of the Wilson formation. The wall was originally named in the Red Urioste Guide but was not listed as having any ascents.

Getting There

It is possible to approach these walls from either of two gullies (the North Gully or the South Gully), however, the North Gully is only recommended as an approach to the Blue Diamond Ridge which starts far below the Basin and Outlaw Walls themselves, therefore the South Gully Approach is described here.

The South Gully Approach (2-3 hours):

1) Park at the First Creek TH and hike to the Mass Extinction Block (45 minutes).

2) Continue up past Mass Extinction and enter the obvious South Gully. Scramble up this for 10-20 minutes until you reach a narrow buttress of rock that divides the gully in two: The lefthand branch of the gully is narrow and choked with bushes. The righthand branch is wider and blocked by massive chockstones a hundred yards or so up.

3) Your goal is to ascend the righthand gully, but you cannot do so directly because of those chockstones. Do not enter the gully; instead walk rightwards up a steep slope, generally following the cliff face to the right of the mouth of the gully. Eventually you will be able to enter a weakness in the wall (a third gully of sorts) and scramble up this a short distance to where a fixed line assists with a brief low-5th class section.

4) Once you are at the top of the fixed line, you will find yourself in an open area. You are now in the right gully just above the chockstones that barred progress earlier.

5) Continue up until passage is blocked by a steep wall. Work right and up to gain an exposed ridge. From this vantage point you can now look up and right towards the Basin Wall and down the other side of the ridge into the North Gully approach. You will also have a clear view of the Outlaw Wall above.

6) For the Basin Wall, drop down (northwest) and traverse straight across and then up to the wall. Gain the main ledge below the wall on the right. For the Outlaw Wall, follow the ridge, or the right side of the ridge, directly up to the wall.

The approach from the First Creek TH to the base of the Outlaw Wall has been done in exactly 2 hours moving at a good clip but with some route-finding errors. The approach to the Basin Wall is just slightly longer. Adjust your expected time accordingly based on your pace and routefinding ability.

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