Elevation: 4,700 ft
GPS: 34.418, -117.858 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Bill Olszewski on Apr 16, 2009
Admins: C Miller, Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
Access Issue: Bobcat Fire Closure in Effect Details

Description

The North Area of the Devil’s Punchbowl spreads out before your eyes as you look from the parking lot to the north. You’ll see several bands of low angle sandstone, hiding the high angles of their climbs. It is the nature of these vertical and overhanging walls that dispels any possibility of easy climbs; the North Area is home to many 5.11’s and 5.12’s with very little below 5.10. Although the quality of the sandstone in this area is quite good, there is much more aggregate to be found in the North Area (as opposed to the South) and some of it is quite chossy. Most of the climbs get morning sun and afternoon shade, as the walls tend to be east by northeast-facing. The climbs tend to be well-protected and feature modern bolts and hangers.

Getting There

From the parking lot, head east into the main park grounds and continue past the welcome center on your left. Just past this, look for a major trail, lined with a wooden fence, heading off to the northeast. Follow this trail to a right hand U-turn. At this point, hop the low stone wall and follow the trail to the north. Where the trail seems to fork, to the right of a large pine tree, take the left fork. Continue north out of the scrub. At this point you can clearly see Little Attitude wall directly to the north; Attitude wall is the large formation to the northeast. Allow about 10 minutes of hiking on relatively flat territory. More northern walls (Hidden wall, Gorilla Face, Whatever wall) will require more time hiking.

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Classic Climbing Routes at North Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 34
Joke Book
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 18
Unknown
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 10
Bronco Billy
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
 14
Copy Right 5.10a/b
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 24
Rough Draft
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 7
Name Unknown 5.10c
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 5
Pebble Beach
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 18
Blacklisted
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 8
Lacking Editude
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 5
Big Electric Cat
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 10
Diminishing Returns
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 7
Best Seller
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 3
The Cracker
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 3
Stop the Press
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 3
Misguided
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Joke Book Attitude Wall
 34
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Unknown Attitude Wall
 18
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Bronco Billy Corral
 10
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Copy Right 5.10a/b Attitude Wall
 14
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13 Sport
Rough Draft Attitude Wall
 24
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Name Unknown 5.10c Attitude Wall
 7
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Pebble Beach Little Attitude Wall
 5
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Blacklisted Little Attitude Wall
 18
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Lacking Editude Attitude Wall
 8
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Big Electric Cat Gorilla Face
 5
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Diminishing Returns Hidden Wall
 10
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Best Seller Attitude Wall
 7
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
The Cracker Hidden Wall
 3
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
Stop the Press Attitude Wall
 3
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Misguided Attitude Wall
 3
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
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