Elevation: 6,225 ft
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Shared By: LeeAB Brinckerhoff on Aug 26, 2009
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Description

This is currently the main developed area above Caballo Lake. There are several areas here, Gotham City, The Bat Cave, Grey Wall? and Stuff Left of the Cave ETC.

Getting There

Driving to the Bat Cave area requires a high clearance vehicle to get within reasonable hiking distance. From the interstate exit, the first 3.5 miles is on pavement and good dirt roads. The final 2 miles is very rocky but passable with "Subaru/Rav4" SUV clearance. The final 1/2 mile is the worst and there is a good parking/camping option at this "T" intersection.

From I-25 take Exit 59 (Arrey Derry/ Caballo Percha State Parks) exit.

If coming from the north, turn right (southwest) at the exit onto highway 187 and drive for 2.7 mi.
Take a left onto W. Wagoneer Rd. and drive for 1.1 mi.
Take a left onto Sugar Sand/Tumbleweed Rd. for 0.7 mi.
Veer right onto dirt for 0.2 mi.
Take a left at "T", drive under highway in single lane tunnel for 2.6 miles to fork at the dam.
From the dam, continue for about 3.5 miles to the rough "4x4" road(sometimes a rock carin here.) Turn right onto this rocky track and go about .7 miles to a rutted hill--this section requires "Subaru" clearance but isn't too bad.
Bear left on the fork at .9 miles, continue to the final fork at 1.5 miles and go right. This is a good "low clearance" camp option. Continue past a few ruts to the final hill (another parking option) and go up this to the final "T" at 1.9 miles. This is the best parking spot instead of the end of the road since several cars can park here. Walk or drive east up to the high camp. The road ends just beyond the high camp and is the access to Gotham City. The main trail to all the other crags begins from the north end of the "High Camp". Hiking to the high camp and using this less steep trail is more sustainable than the steep trail which starts at the end of the other road beyond that final parking "T".

There are two good parking/camping areas where the hiking trail starts.
For the first (lower) one take the left and continue to the end.
For the second (higher) one continue .25 mi to the end. There are two flat spots and several areas for a rough campsite.

The trail to Tufa Wall heads up right a few hundred feet from the start of the high camp main trail. The main trail forks right onto the steep trail a few hundred feet before the 3rd class rock band. The 3rd class band is dog accessible- small and old dogs may need some help. Above the rock band, follow the steep trail up the drainage and talus to the South Face of Super Hero Wall (Grey Wall). Go right here for South Tower and The Barr. Go left to West Face of Super Hero and Bat Cave, Villian Wall and Trojan Wall.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Bat Cave Area

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5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 17
Harley Quinn Devotion
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 19
Two Face
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 19
Crystal Mess
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 19
I'll Be Your Poison Ivy
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 4
Joker's Wild
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 8
Tufa Consequences
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 21
Dynamic Duo
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 22
Mega Man
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 5
The Iliad
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 15
Super Hero
Sport 2 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 4
Raising the Barr
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 11
Silver Surfer
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 4
The Odyssey
Sport 2 pitches
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
 10
New Beginning
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 6
Bella Donna
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Harley Quinn Devotion Villain Wall
 17
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Sport
Two Face Villain Wall
 19
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Crystal Mess Super Hero Wall (Grey…
 19
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
I'll Be Your Poison Ivy Villain Wall
 19
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Joker's Wild Villain Wall
 4
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Tufa Consequences Tufa Wall
 8
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Dynamic Duo Super Hero Wall (Grey…
 21
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Mega Man Super Hero Wall (Grey…
 22
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
The Iliad Trojan Wall (Right of…
 5
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Super Hero Super Hero Wall (Grey…
 15
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport 2 pitches
Raising the Barr Barr
 4
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Silver Surfer Super Hero Wall (Grey…
 11
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
The Odyssey Trojan Wall (Right of…
 4
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport 2 pitches
New Beginning New Beginnings Wall
 10
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b Sport
Bella Donna Bat Cave
 6
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
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