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North Area Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,700'
Location: 34.41795, -117.85804 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Bill Olszewski on Apr 16, 2009

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The North Area of the Devil’s Punchbowl spreads out before your eyes as you look from the parking lot to the north. You’ll see several bands of low angle sandstone, hiding the high angles of their climbs. It is the nature of these vertical and overhanging walls that dispels any possibility of easy climbs; the North Area is home to many 5.11’s and 5.12’s with very little below 5.10. Although the quality of the sandstone in this area is quite good, there is much more aggregate to be found in the North Area (as opposed to the South) and some of it is quite chossy. Most of the climbs get morning sun and afternoon shade, as the walls tend to be east by northeast-facing. The climbs tend to be well-protected and feature modern bolts and hangers.

Getting There 

From the parking lot, head east into the main park grounds and continue past the welcome center on your left. Just past this, look for a major trail, lined with a wooden fence, heading off to the northeast. Follow this trail to a right hand U-turn. At this point, hop the low stone wall and follow the trail to the north. Where the trail seems to fork, to the right of a large pine tree, take the left fork. Continue north out of the scrub. At this point you can clearly see Little Attitude wall directly to the north; Attitude wall is the large formation to the northeast. Allow about 10 minutes of hiking on relatively flat territory. More northern walls (Hidden wall, Gorilla Face, Whatever wall) will require more time hiking.

Climbing Season

For the Devil's Punchbowl area.

Weather station 2.3 miles from here

28 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',15],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in North Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for North Area:
Joke Book   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 60'   Attitude Wall
Unknown 5.10a/b   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Attitude Wall
Rough Draft   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   Attitude Wall
Blacklisted   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Little Attitude Wall
Pebble Beach   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 80'   Little Attitude Wall
Lacking Editude   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Attitude Wall
Diminishing Returns   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Hidden Wall
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Featured Route For North Area
Rock Climbing Photo: Jeff Constine stemmed out at the third bolt on Les...

Lesson Learned 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13  California : High Desert : ... : Big Wall City
The crux is passing the third bolt reaching for a two finger pocket high up and over on the right. Make sure you clean this pocket when you rap in. When you rap in you're commited. The only way out is to climb the route. Super fun safe route with nice jugs and lie back....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

Photos of North Area Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Attitude Wall. Unknown climb
Attitude Wall. Unknown climb
Rock Climbing Photo: Take the left fork to reach the slabs.
BETA PHOTO: Take the left fork to reach the slabs.
Rock Climbing Photo: Climber's trail heading north from the Loop trail.
BETA PHOTO: Climber's trail heading north from the Loop trail.
Rock Climbing Photo: This is the trailhead for the North area.
BETA PHOTO: This is the trailhead for the North area.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking south to the parking lot.
Looking south to the parking lot.
Rock Climbing Photo: Heading toward the slabs of the North area.
Heading toward the slabs of the North area.

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