Mountain Project Logo

Routes in Upper Freeway Wall

Anacram T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Cakewalk T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Freeway T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
Junkyard God T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Meaner than a Junkyard Dog T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R
MetroLink TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Nobody Walks in LA T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Sig Alert (aka Cast Up a Highway) T 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Talking Fish, The T 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Totally Nuts T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R
Type: Trad, 80 ft
FA: Charles Cole, Steve Anderson & Marjorie Shovlin, 1981
Page Views: 2,235 total, 12/month
Shared By: Chris Owen on Jan 7, 2003 with updates
Admins: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

You & This Route

51 Opinions

Your To-Do List:

Add To-Do

Your Star Rating:

     Clear Rating

Your Difficulty Rating:

-none- Change

Your Ticks:

Add New Tick


This route starts left of Anacram (5.10c) at a yucca below a small roof.

Climb up to the overlap, and the corner beyond, then cross a slab and tackle a short steep section. Climb the crack above to the roof line. Cross this on the left and head up a thin, steep crack, this eases to become a chimney.


Standard rack to 3". Small wires at the crux.


Will S
Joshua Tree
Will S   Joshua Tree
The climbing is fun enough, but I found a few sections of poor rock quality. Might be cleaner now, this was many years ago, but I tossed off a few loose things when I did it around 2006. Jan 3, 2016
Oakland CA
caughtinside   Oakland CA
Way fun! Apr 30, 2008
tony grice  
Super fun, cool climbing, lots of cool mini roofs and stems. DO IT! Nov 13, 2006
It is also possible to traverse left from the thin crack section and finish at the bolted anchor for Sig Alert (aka Cast Up A Highway).

The crux of this route seems to be the initial corner at the bottom. Feb 7, 2005
Andrew Gram
Salt Lake City, UT
Andrew Gram   Salt Lake City, UT  
I agree with Josh about the finish. This is a fantastic route - one of my favorite pitches at JTree so far. Feb 4, 2003
A more interesting and in my opinion better way to finish this route is to move left 5' from the base of the chimney to a short (12-15') vertical dihedral with a roughly finger sized crack in it. A couple steep moves up this lead to a mantel top out instead of the easier / less elegant squeeze chimney to the right. Jan 7, 2003