Upper Freeway Wall Rock Climbing
Nice pic of Cakewalk. This guy was a Vet dermatolo...
With over a dozen routes from 5.7 to 5.11 and a minimal approach this southwest-facing (morning shade/afternoon sun) crag is a popular venue especially during the winter. The normal descent is done by heading down a rocky gully on the backside (past Offramp
, 5.10a/b on the right) and circling back around to the base.
Some of the better routes here include Cakewalk
(5.8), Nobody Walks in LA
(5.9), Sig Alert (aka Cast Up A Highway)
(5.10c) and The Talking Fish
Access via the Lost Horse Road and park where available near the formation. A worn climber's trail leads into boulders where some uphill scrambling leads to the base of the wall. Plan on anywhere from 10-20 minutes for the approach.
Weather station 10.2 miles from here
10 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',2]
Classic Climbing Routes in Upper Freeway Wall
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Upper Freeway Wall:
Cakewalk 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Anacram 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Featured Route For Upper Freeway Wall
Cakewalk 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c CA
: Joshua Tree National Park
: ... : Upper Freeway Wall
Cakewalk climbs an obvious crack on the south side of Freeway Wall, fairly high up the gully before reaching the highpoint of a small pass.Climb the nice thin hand crack up to where the wall steepens and the crack thins. Traverse left a few feet to a juggy hand crack going over a small overhang. Head up and a bit right on the crack as it goes from hands to fingers to fist.This is a nice sustained pitch. Pretty easy for 5.9 - this is a good lead for those breaking into 9....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
Close up of Tony just past the crux.
By Phil Esra
Dec 9, 2014
There are new-looking bolts at the east end of the dome. We put a pair of leavers on these and rapped, but pulling the rope put a gnarly twist in it--next time I'd just walk off the back. There is also a new-looking, BIZARRELY located bolt a few feet back from this pair. It looks like it's not deep enough into the rock, and the nut is half an inch away from the hanger. It also appears to protect entirely flat ground with no exposure. Somebody practicing their drilling?
From: Oakland CA
Dec 9, 2014
Those are probably an anchor for a high line.