Secret Garden Rock Climbing
|GPS:||34.364, -117.88 Google Map · Climbing Area Map|
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|Shared By:||C Miller on Apr 3, 2013|
|Admins:||jt512, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes|
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DescriptionHidden from view and guarded by a steep hike which goes up and then back down is this cool north-facing wall which sits below the Generation Wall and above the top of the Waterfall Wall. The wall is broken into two halves, an upper and lower area, each with it's own flavor. The left side is steeper and is where the more difficult climbs are located while the right side tends to be slabby to vertical and is where the easier climbs are found.
With over a dozen routes here from 5.9 to 5.12c you can spend a pleasant day here climbing high above the crowds and confusion of the lower areas. Recommended routes here include Broken (5.10c), Stormin' the Castle (5.10d), Pretty Hate Machine (5.11d) and Secret Garden Variation (5.12a).
Williamson Rock is currently closed to climbing. Details
Williamson Rock is under a temporary closure to all recreational uses, including climbing, pursuant to a ruling by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that the area is critical habitat for the endangered yellow-legged mountain frog. Efforts by the non-profit organization Friends of Williamson Rock, in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, are underway to regain climbing access to Williamson. For information on the status of these efforts, and to learn how you can help, contact the Friends of Williamson Rock: williamsonrock.org Per the Access Fund's update, in 2017 the Forest Service hopes to begin an environmental study of the impact of allowing limited climbing to resume. In the meantime, the Forest Service supervisor has extended the closure until January, 2017.
Getting ThereApproach as for the Generation Wall but continue past it down the approach gully where the routes will be on your right. Another option to approach this area is to climb Wicked Chimney to the top of the Waterfall Wall which will save you a lot of walking. The approach takes roughly 30-45 minutes from the closest parking area.
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