Elevation: 4,371 ft
GPS: 42.292, -104.759 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Dennis Horning on Feb 9, 2013
Admins: Mike Snyder, Jake Dickerson, Taylor Spiegelberg
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Why Cinnamon?

The Hot Cinnamon Wall is the western third of the Red Wall and ends at the east corner bounding the north-south side canyon. This wall gets Sun the earliest of the Red Wall , is the warmest and it's temps are least affected by the typical wind directions. Some hot January days require a halter top to stay cool enough. Go figure: 2 days of Jan 2013 had highs of 61F and then add the 20F for sunny and windless cliff-side temp enhancements and you get temps in the eighties.

The westmost zones of the Hot Cinnamon Wall offer a considerable amount of steep flat face climbing: You know CRIMPS but seldom big holds. Going eastward the climbing trends to some stemming and open palm handholds with occasionally some mix of crack climbing techniques that will save your day.

Getting There

The easiest way to the Hot Cinnamon Wall is to begin on the main approach trail(see Beta photo Map of Hike to Red Wall in AREA: Red and White Grotto Walls) and at about 80 feet SE after going under the power-line take a right at the trail's junction. This trail going downhill soon crosses a side gully and then proceeds SW to the main side canyon of the North Platte River. From here an easy 15 feet downclimb gets you the last 80 feet to the base trail of the Hot Cinnamon Wall.

The Hot Cinnamon Wall has some natural breaks and changes in the cliff morphology along the 400 ft of wall that we have named to make identifying sub-areas easier. Beginning from left to right there are 4 flatiron faces named Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta Flatirons. Each of these has 3 or more routes on them. The rock walls between them for the most part are not suited for the climbing we do. An exception to this is the Grandly overhanging Tumbling Corner which lies between the Gamma and Delta flatirons. The rock type within all 4 flatirons is redish-brown ortho quartzite and often a melange of well cemented material at the base. The 4 flatirons are rotated facing SE but the general trend of the cliff along here is SW.

To the right of the flatirons the cliff top gains another rock formation member. The white to yellow to gray colored dolomite caps the red ortho quartzite first at lower angles and then steepens often leaving overhanging headwalls. A little further east the base trail crests and after the crest the lower melange material has eroded away in places leaving large caves. East of here the trail path pinches out and there is a chain like handrail installed. For routes east of the chain see AREA: Red Clove Wall.

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