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Routes in The Zoo at the Far Side

Catitude S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Duck Soup S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Game Warden S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
It's a Crab World S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Jungle Boogie S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Jurassic Parking Lot S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Monkey Jungle S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Pet Detective S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Pet Peeves S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Petting Zoo S 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Scorpions S 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Zoo York Kitty S 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Elevation: 6,837 ft
GPS: 38.619, -105.239 Google Map · Climbing Map
Page Views: 4,076 total, 195/month
Shared By: MJM on Mar 26, 2016
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

Description

Welcome to The Zoo
This is the first wall at the Far Side when approaching from the parking lot and can be seen from the lot.

Warning: This is a NEWER area, so BEWARE of loose rock!
When in doubt, wear a HELMET!
Some climbs have high first bolts. When in doubt, use a stickclip!

Character
All climbs are on the west side of the the canyon. That means, a.m. sun with p.m. shade (1:30). Shelf easy and moderate climbing is found here.

Conditions
Winter: good but could become cold after around noon or so.
Spring: great in the morning, great in the afternoon with rising temps
Summer: hot in the a.m. and hot but shaded in the p.m. The gnats can be unbearable!
Fall: a.m. is ok. p.m. is great.

Getting There

#1 - Entering the Sand Gulch climbing area, make a sharp left just past the cattle guard.

This is a some what long and winding road. Once up and out of the short, rocky dip in the wash, bear right, and find the big parking area just after the “No Overnight Parking / Day Use Only” sign and park on the left. This is the backside Gallery parking area. Locate the trail near the bottom of the parking area.

Find the trail, and hike it to the well-signed intersection Far Side (L) & Mural Wall (R) signs. At the sign, go left, and follow the great trail uphill following several switchbacks. The final switchback is marked by 4 large stone steps just downhill from the wall. Hike just past these and find a cairn on the left. Follow the rough trail left to the wall.

#2 - Park at the Gallery parking lot proper.

Hike the trail past campsite #10 down the great trail and to the backside Gallery Parking Area. The Gallery trail is to the far right.

Follow above directions.

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Joel Allen
La Crosse, WI
Joel Allen   La Crosse, WI
Great crag for beginners, there is a lot of easy stuff and the bolts are very close together. This area also has quite soft grading, so just try everything regardless of the grade! Mar 27, 2017
Wow, impressive. Keep up the good work, Mike and Rachel. Mar 29, 2016

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