Area 5: Red and White Grotto Walls Rock Climbing
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DescriptionThe area is readily seen from the north end of the dam looking east when on Lake Shore Drive. The red rock is iron stained ortho-quartzite and the capping gray rock is dolomite.
Because these formation contain only intermittent cracks yet provide many features of good sport climbing like open palm holds, pockets, steep walls and roofs, the area will be easier for those with a big repertoire of climbing techniques i.e. crack & face. Bob Scarpelli jokingly said of the area, "The climbing is at least a [number]? grade easier after knowing out how to move through a zone." This complexity is especially noticeable for the climbs along the Red Clove Wall. No crank and climb here but there are a few lunge and hang opportunities here! Feet above you head may be useful.
Getting ThereDrive just north of MM 2 on Rd 317 and go east on the gravel CCC Museum road that winds clockwise around the conical hill NE of this junction. Near the northeastern side of the hill on this road are two green traffic gates (normally open) where a 2-track just ahead-east of the gates splits off to the left. Your parking pulloff is here. Begin the hike .65 miles by going NE past the boulders closing the 2-track for about 100 feet to a carin and footpath on the right.
Classic Climbing Routes at Area 5: Red and White Grotto Walls
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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