Type: Sport, 80 ft
FA: Mark K. Howe, Eric Berghorn (bolts 2009)
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Shared By: Eric Berghorn on Feb 8, 2014
Admins: Aron Quiter, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Access Issue: Mt. St. Helena Crags - Fire Damage from Fall 2017 Details


This is one of the longer face climbs in the park with a distinct crux just before the anchor. Mark Howe was inspirational in sharing his knowledge of Hailstone and was the first to explore variations of this route in the mid -1990's.


As one approaches the crag from the trail below Hailstone Rock this is the first fully bolted route on the right side (lowest point) of the western face. This route shares the start of the Doc's Holiday gully route, but stays a few feet left of the arĂȘte after the start. Belay from a small flat area of the trail slightly right of the line of bolts above. The first bolt is about 25 feet up the low angled face.


Pass 7 bolts to clip the chain anchor at the top of the formation.


Ari G
Ari G  
CLASSIC! Fun and sustained 5.8 or 5.9 most of the way up. Well-bolted and high, this one feels both exposed and super safe (once you have scrambled up to the first bolt).

Weird anchor at the top could use some love... chains are super rusty, and one bolt is angled weirdly. Bring a cordelette or lots of trust. Oct 23, 2015
Jared M
Oakland, CA
Jared M   Oakland, CA
Very fun route - well worth the loose switchback hiking and bushwhacking that it takes to get up there! Feb 15, 2016
Burlen Loring
Albany, CA
Burlen Loring   Albany, CA
very fun. I started a bit too high up, traversing right. I was above the first bolt before I saw it. you want to start below and to the right of the bolt you can see. You can't see the 1st bolt from the tree where you put your stuff down. Aug 22, 2016
Jared Snyder
Saint Helena, CA
Jared Snyder   Saint Helena, CA
Beautiful view of the napa valley from this climb! Jun 13, 2017
Jordy Morgan
Jordy Morgan  
Very classic and now somewhat historical msh must do, only 1 starring it to try and lower the curve ;)...since at a glance it would appear to be the best route up here.
Not even close. ET and Close Encounters WAY better.. Dec 30, 2018