North Jawbone Rock Climbing
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DescriptionNorth Jawbone is a large low angle sandstone slab split by two gullies. Most climbing is multipitch trad (or mixed), although some single pitch is available on the far right edge of the slab. Gear is good, but can be sparse and route finding is tricky. This can make routes serious leads for the grade. Luckily many lines of similar grade exist together making off-route wanderings largely benign.
To descend most climbs take a trail off the north west edge of North Jawbone (off the back of the peak following orange trail markers). Follow this trail until you reach a grassy saddle. Take the gully on the right (leading edge of the grassy saddle) down the side of North Jawbone. Near the base of the gully (before the brush becomes impassable) hook right and intercept the old decent gully. This will trend around and back to the base of the climbs. Many prickly plants line the decent. Gardening gloves are recommended to protect your hands. It is worth carrying approach shoes with you on the climb to make the decent more pleasant. There are no well established rap routes off North Jawbone.
Getting ThereFrom North Jawbone carpark (see directions to Cathedral Range State Park) walk down the Jawbone Creek trail. Cross a small bridge and then hike up a steep trail with switchbacks. About half way up the trail there will be some large slabs on the right. Past these slabs there will be a boulder on the left with an orange trail marker. Leave the main trail here and take a climbers trail (on the right) that leads up and right (past cairns/marked trees) until you reach the left edge of North Jawbone slabs.
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