Elevation: 4,600 ft
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Shared By: Scott Bennett on May 20, 2010
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The Gold Wall is the major wall to the left of Ribbon Falls. If sports excellent, well featured golden granite, and at least one excellent route. Layton Kor's "Gold Wall" follows the central crack system through the huge roof at mid-height, and the "Silent Line" is a free variation to that route.

Getting There

Driving out of the Valley, you'll pass through El Cap Meadows. A few hundred yards past the meadows, look for the first dirt road on the right. There is a small sign that says "V9" marking the turn. Park here, or continue up the road if it's not too muddy. Stay right at the first fork in the road, and then pass a few huge woodpiles as the road starts to switchback. After the last switchback, the road makes a sharp left turn. Look for a small cairn on the right marking the start of the trail.
Follow this trail uphill, staying west of the Ribbon Falls drainage. If you stay on it, this trail will take you to the base of the Gold Wall. Plan for about an hour, more if carrying bivy gear.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Gold Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A2
Laughing at the Void
Aid 6 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b C1
The Silent Line
Trad, Aid 8 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Laughing at the Void
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A2 Aid 6 pitches
The Silent Line
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b C1 Trad, Aid 8 pitches
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mucci   sf ca
This is the large wall immediately left of Ribbon Falls Amphitheater. It gets sun from morning through the sunset, and during the early season gets spray from the falls. Never crowded, splitter and great views.

[To get there], park in the pullout on the right with the large tree in the middle of the lot roughly .5 miles west of EL Cap parking, directly under the falls. Take the logging road up and follow it as it winds around until a long straight away (uphill) is seen, look right and pick up the climbers trail where a 3 foot cairn comes into view on the right of the road. Stay more or less on the left of the drainage, the trail is well marked, but steep. Allow 1 hour for approach, and you can filter water right at the base a few hundred feet right of the routes. Apr 1, 2013
Ryan K.  
After the old road turns sharply left and starts the long straight away heading west, the climbers trail begins about 150 feet up on the right after a boulder. There is an oak tree that fell next to the boulder, and the spot usually has a cairn.

Almost all the way up to the amphitheater, the trail splits, west trail heading to Gold Wall and east trail heading to amphitheater. This split is between a dead cedar tree (burned base with lime green moss) and a car-sized boulder. There is currently a finger shaped rock, two ft tall, at the split.

Please help protect the area by staying on the established trail. Dec 6, 2014
Anthony H
Seattle, WA
Anthony H   Seattle, WA
Note that the "V9" sign marking the turn to the pullout/dirt road now says "V7" instead. Nov 16, 2015