Hungover Wall Rock Climbing
Sunset from the top of Hungover Wall
This, the premiere crag at Keller Peak, was the original Southern California summer sport crag before the large-scale development of Williamson Rock and other areas. During it's brief heyday climbers were swarming the crag to check out the new routes, but these days it's not uncommon to be the only party at the wall even on a weekend.
The climbing here tends to be slightly overhanging with sharp crimps between sloping horizontals and can be sometimes maddening as you alternate between painful yet positive holds and smooth, rounded holds you wish had a bit more texture. Due to the angle and generally technical nature of the climbing most routes are in the 5.10-5.12 range, with a limited number of routes on either end of the difficulty scale.
Many high-quality sport climbs exist here, with Segments in Space
(5.11c), Suspended Animation
(5.12a), Particle Acceleration
(5.12a), and Orange Tapestry
(5.12b) being some of the best. A number of quality trad routes are here too with More Punk than Funk
(5.10d) and Straight, No Chaser
(5.12a) being standouts. Additionally, the The Hungover Traverse
(V4) runs along the base and is the local equivalent of Joshua Tree's famous Gunsmoke traverse.
Due to the wall be very long with a large number of routes the wall has been broken up into Hungover Wall - Left Side
and Hungover Wall - Right Side
to ease routefinding and identification.
The Hungover Wall is located 3.4 miles up the Keller Peak Road on the left-hand (north) side of the road. Parking is available for about 4-5 cars with additional parking located a short distance up the road. Once parked the walk to the base is 1-2 minutes.
Weather station 5.0 miles from here
29 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',14],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Hungover Wall
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Hungover Wall:
Featured Route For Hungover Wall
Segments in Space 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c California
: San Bernardino Mountains
: ... : Hungover Wall - Right Side
Preclip the high first bolt and then move somewhat left of it to get started. At the horizontal traverse right to a second bolt and the crux moves over a bulge to reach a sloping horizontal. Continue up the bulging face passing numerous horizontals to a final tricky crux passing the last bolt. This route is an excellent introduction to the climbing at the Hungover Wall and serves as a good warm-up for the harder lines on the wall. ...[more] Browse More Classics in California
Western Wallflower (Erysimium capitatum) near the ...
The view from the Hungover Wall, Keller Peak.
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BETA PHOTO: The right hand side of Hungover Wall. Christine ...
Aug 9, 2015
Been up to Hungover Wall twice this summer, my last visit there was at least 10 years ago, maybe more. My impressions on going back after such a long break...this is a pretty sweet little crag. I had a great time both trips. The climbing is delicate, yet a bit powerful, and well, lots of fun. Get up there and have a look. It goes into the shade around 1pm.