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Nature Trail Wall Rock Climbing 

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Location: 34.09412, -116.16809 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: C Miller on Feb 11, 2004
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Nature Trail Wall and moon. Photo by Blitzo.


This is the slabby north-facing wall that overlooks the western loop of the paved Indian Cove road. The wall has a number of easy/moderate routes on decent rock and with it's minimal approach it should appeal to those looking to quickly tick a few routes. There has been climbing going on here since the 1970's as evidenced by some old bolts (since replaced) but this wall has never been in any guidebook. Nature Walk (5.8) and Slab Rats (5.8) are two of the better climbs to do here and thusly recommended.

Getting There 

Drive the paved road west past Moosedog Tower until it ends in a loop. Look southeast and you will see an slabby northwest-facing wall that sits slightly above the desert floor - this is the crag. The approach takes less than five minutes.

Climbing Season

For the Indian Cove Campground area.

Weather station 6.8 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

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Rock Climbing Photo: Nature Trail Wall. Photo by Blitzo.
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By M. Morley
From: Sacramento, CA
Feb 11, 2004
Is this another name for Jailhouse Rock?
By C Miller
From: CA
Feb 11, 2004
This wall is named for the nearby Nature Trail which winds through the desert starting from the western loop of the CG road.

This is not Jailhouse Rock (or the backside of it) as indicated in Bartlett's Indian Cove Y2K Supplement. He does list a route called Prison Blues (5.8) which is actually the route Nature Walk (5.8) on this wall. Hope this clears up any confusion.
By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Apr 2, 2009
Walking around and trying to figure it out way back when, Chris Parks and I wandered back and forth and eventually also reached the conclusion that this was the backside (North) of the Jailhouse rock. While perhaps it is not actualy the same monolith, one can certainly find the rock by approaching it as it is such. We rated (blind to any guide) the routes as 5.7, 5.8, 5.3 and 5.6, from left to right.
By Eric O'Rafferty
From: Altadena, CA
Feb 18, 2013
I too thought this was Jailhouse today and was wondering why the descriptions in the older Vogel book didn't really match up! Went for it anyway and had some good fun... it was just right for the relatively inexperienced group I brought here today (a Monday).

Usually swarming with Boy Scouts on weekends, it seems!

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