Senior Wall Rock Climbing
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This wall contains many sport routes of varying intermediate difficulty, from 5.8 - 5.10c. There are currently 8 bolted routes, all containing well protected hidden holds and other random Table Mountain fun. Some routes are vertical, and others contain some overhanging sections.
This and all the other back areas are in the sun in the midday,and see shade in the morning and late afternoon. Due to the longer approach, it is obvious that these areas aren't visited quite as often as the front areas, though for 5.10 climbers, this back is where you want to be.
All routes on the Senior Wall you should either lower or rappel.
Approach time: 42 - 62 minutes
From the second gate (in your car). Park immediately after the second gate, and you will see two white gates. One is straight ahead, and one is to the left. You want to take the gate on the left, which is always locked. This leads you onto a wide fairly unused service trail that gently climbs uphill. this route uphill, following the brown trail signs with arrows on them.
After about 1/4 of a mile, you will notice a smaller trail that heads to the left, which you should take. Going straight leads you to the fissures. Following this narrow trail uphill and around overgrown everything, WATCH OUT FOR POISON OAK. This will head to less gently uphill switchbacks, which take you to the top of the mountain rather quickly.
Once at the top, you will find yourself in a huge open area,which is quite gorgeous, but WATCH OUT FOR SNAKES. You will see 3 small oak trees in the distance a little right from the ridge,which you should head towards. There is no large trail heading over there, and there probably won't be anytime soon. Head to the left tree, and you will find the STEEP down trail heading left off the top about 20 yards from the leftmost (easternmost) tree.
This sketchy trail is covered in poison oak, and will go east and away from the edge for a while, and then will head back to the right and towards the cliff.
The first rock you see on the right with bolts on it is The Far Side. If you continue down (approx 20 yards) the scree field, at the bottom you will find a trail heading right in the rocks, but at the bottom. This will head towards the right, and will head a little ways West. It will then head uphill and back towards the rock, and as soon you can see the wall, you will be right in front of the waterfall route. If you continue along the face,you will see the many bolted routes of the rest of the Senior Wall.
Climbing Season For the Table Mountain area.
Weather station 4.3 miles from here
8 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For Senior Wall
Fat Don't Fly 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b California
: Central Sierra
: ... : Senior Wall
This route is 6th bolted route from the rightmost set of bolts at Senior Wall. Climb up and right at the 2nd bolt, and then back up and left at the 4th. This fun climb is full of interesting, hidden handholds. Footwork is key in the crux section just after the 2nd bolt. The top of the climb is somewhat sustained, but is probably only 5.8 or 5.9 difficulty. ...[more] Browse More Classics in California
Somewhere on the right side of Senior Wall
walking back from Senior Wall to the car
By Brad Allender
From: Alameda, CA
Feb 13, 2006
This area is more like indoor climbing than any place I've been. The routes I did are all quite similar. Juggy, pumpy and sustained. My arms were toasted after a day here. Fun spot, not a lot of variety, but lots of good moderate sport routes. There are a lot more routes up than are listed currently (maybe 16 total).