Bat Cave Area Rock Climbing
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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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