Description

The lower level of Major Mass is bounded on the East by the formation that culminates in the Keyhole, a smaller version of the Doorway. Hammer Wall is the large, clean expanse of rock that faces East at the bottom.

This area is complicated in the guidebook because it can be divided into as many as three "pitches". It is more common to just climb through in a single pitch, or just climb partway and scramble off to the West. You often have a choice of just which lines you want to link

Getting There

The approach that requires the least effort is to hike up the Potholes trail, and cut West across the boulder field where the trail emerges from the trees below Red Rocks. There are currently (summer 2018) some massive old logs down beside the trail just where you leave it.

An alternative that many people find easier to navigate when they are first checking this area out is to hike up to the Doorway, then descend the gully just West of that area (as if you were headed to the Upper Level or Jungle Gym. That gully lies between Major Mass and Minor Mass, so as you get toward the bottom, cut to your right and you will be at Hammer Wall and Stettner's Overhang.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Hammer Wall & The Keyhole

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 31
Hammer Crack
Trad, TR
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 5
Hammer Master
Trad, TR
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13
 7
Hammer Case
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Hammer Crack
 31
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Hammer Master
 5
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad, TR
Hammer Case
 7
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13 Trad
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