Hall of Giants Rock Climbing
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DescriptionThis wall is downstream from the Main Wall, another 15 minutes walk. It contains the longest, most continuous lines of nearly plumb cracks in the Canyon. The routes tend to be big here. For the most part, the wall gets full sun around 11am. If trying to stay cool, you can escape to some good routes in the Sanctuary for some temporary shade until the wall goes back into shade after 4 or so.
Getting ThereThis wall is visible from many positions on the mesa with the access road to Capulin and is thus the wall that many have spoken of for years as a "striking feature of mystery."
Approach via Upper Wall Trail:
As you pass the cairns for the trail up to the Main wall, continue downstream another 15 minutes, past one significant drainage, until you see the obvious perfect wall with several 200' cracks adorning its face. At this point, you will have reached the outcropping of a very interesting red volcanic mud in the creek bottom. From this point, you have 5 more minutes of walking to reach the trail cutoff. Just after a large boulder strewn drainage, turn left and scramble up the embankment to reach the fan slopes that have some cairns(not totally necessary) that lead you to base of cliffs. Be sure to hit the wall on its left(west)end to avoid some awkward cliff-bands, and traverse right to reach the base of crag. Several cairns help to lead the way.
Approach via USFS Capulin Cyn trail:
Alternatively, and increasing the better option, one can start their approach from the USFS trailhead to Boundary Peak/Capulin Cyn that starts further up the road (some clearance helpful) about a mile, where you meet the first hairpin switchback. Take the left trail heading north down canyon (NOT the main signed trail heading out a ridge to Boundary Peak) and follow a pretty good trail that is cairned down to the edge of the mesa. Then turn east at the canyon rim as the trail winds down gently-graded switchbacks of classic USFS 6% grade trail, all the way down the canyon to the creek bottom. In some places, this trail gets overgrown and washed out, not sure it gets maintained that often either. Note that this trail has more vertical than the main trail, and is likely over 2 miles, but it takes you right to the base of the Hall of Giants approach trail. Nonetheless it is a good trail and is not too hard to follow. Also, for the bottom 2/3 of the trail, you have a great view of the HoG to get you psyched.
Rarely has the creek bottom gone dry near the Hall of Giants, so it should be reasonable to expect to be able to filter pretty high quality water for your needs from the creek (you may still want to filter it, but some folks drink it straight). If hiking in from normal climbers trail upcanyon, as you near the lower end of the Main Wall buttress in the creek bottom, look for a spring coming out of the hillside below the crag from which you can fill your water. It may not flow during dry periods so be prepared to drink from the creek.
Classic Climbing Routes at Hall of Giants
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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