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Crystal Wall Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 7,200'
Location: 36.65275, -118.86456 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: limpingcrab on Sep 21, 2013
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A cloudy day at the base of Crystal Wall

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Description 

Crystal Wall is the closest formation to the parking lot and with around 30 routes from one to two pitches it is a great place to spend a day. Most of the routes are moderate bolted climbs on clean and highly featured granite. A few are trad, a few are hard, but most are in the 5.7-5.9 range and predominately bolt protected with some gear to supplement.

Getting There 

The base of Crystal Wall is an easy ten minute walk from the parking area. From the end of Road 14S29 take the obvious trail that heads south, slightly downhill, then up a short steep section. A scramble up the right side of the formation will access the rest of Chimney Rocks

Climbs that reach the top of the wall can we walked off along the north side of the formation. Some routes have bolted anchors and require two ropes to rappel.

Climbing Season



Weather station 7.8 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',2],['5.9',1],['5.10',2],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Crystal Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Crystal Wall:
He's Got Marty Feldman Eyes   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 300'   
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Featured Route For Crystal Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: There's the start.  The chimney ate Brian.

Magic Carpet Ride 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  California : Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP : ... : Crystal Wall
This route climbs a right facing dihedral with an obvious chimney halfway up the first pitch. It has some interesting moves on the first pitch and the second pitch is mostly an easy scramble.Pitch 1: Climb up the dihedral (stay in it) into the chimney and exit to the right. Follow the dihedral until it ends and then climb up a short section of face to a large ledge (5.9).Pitch 2: Follow easy climbing up and into a right facing corner on the right of a large outcrop (5.6)....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By 1Eric Rhicard
Oct 14, 2015
Herb and Eve Laeger, Bob Kerry and I did a number of routes on this wall and Chimney rock in the late 80s.

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