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Amanda Moyer below the crux of the route.

Private Property - recently CLOSED TO CLIMBING and all public access. MORE INFO >>>


There are climbs on the west and east aspects of this formation, which sits about a mile from the parking area for the Twin Sisters. Excellent, beautiful rock

Getting There 

Park as for the Twin Sisters, then follow the road on foot around the south bend heading west, curving around until you can see a line of formations extending NW from the Twin Sisters (the largest, most obvious, and most southerly of the formations - right off the road). It's about a mile hike in to this wall, and you'll pass other notable climbs such as White Lightning and Skinner's Roof. Faint trails will get you there, beware of sneaky cacti.

Climbing Season

For the City of Rocks area.

Weather station 14.6 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Yellow Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Yellow Wall:
Yellow Wall   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 105'   
Camp Cupcake   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Mooner leading through the beginning of the crux.

Yellow Wall 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Idaho : City of Rocks : Yellow Wall
A steep, exciting, beautiful line involving nice patina and a sustained section of stemming, this out of the way climb is not to be missed, though my impression is that it rarely makes it on to climbers' agendas because of the approach (which is not bad at all). It would be great to hit this on a busy day when all the roadside classics have lines. Combining it with White Lightning on your way in or out makes for an epic afternoon. Skinner's Roof is also on the approach in.Start in somewhat of a ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Idaho

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By Roberta Andruska
Aug 12, 2016
This area is closed to the public. It is trespassing if you travel out there. Please be respectful of the land owner's wishes and do not climb here until further notice.
By Sam Cannon
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 16, 2016
I'd like to see something official on this. I know there is private land *around* this area, such as the Twin Sisters, but my impression was that staying out of that area specifically you're fine. Other classics such as the Skinner Roof and White Lightning are in this area and I've never heard of them being off limits, and there are no signs signifying as such as of the last time I was there.

Of course climbers should respect landowner's wishes, but if you're going to make a claim please provide some evidence.
By Mike Engle
From: Pocatello, Idaho
Aug 16, 2016
Roberta Andruska is the new City of Rocks Climbing Ranger.

The lock on the access gate and the no trespassing sign is relatively recent - on the order of 4 to 6 months. People (not necessarily climbers but maybe) have been caught camping on the private land past the gate and towards Weather and Yellow Wall. Climbers/hikers have walked through the landowners property very near to his home behind Twin Sisters. The landowner got frustrated with multiple violations and possible disrespectful encounters and decided to close his property to all public access.

There is some hope that an easement and climbing privileges can be restored. Access Fund working with City of Rocks park officials and the recently formed CRAG are addressing this and other access issues around both City of Rocks and Castle Rocks State Park. Be patient, stay tuned and above all climbers need to be respectful of this *hopefully* temporary closure. I'm sure Roberta would be happy to discuss the situation further with you when you're at the City.

Note: CRAG is Climbing Resource Advisory Group and is a coalition of Local Climbing Organizations and other stakeholders and advocates for climbers and climbing access and related issues. CRAG membership includes Access Fund, American Alpine Club, Salt Lake Climbers Alliance, Boise Climbers Coalition, East Idaho Climbers Coalition, Southern Idaho Climbers Alliance, Dave Bingham (local guidebook author), Doug Caldwell (Guide Concession representative), and Hannah North (local resident and new route developer). CRAG meets four times per year and meets twice a year with Wallace Keck (City of Rocks and Castle Rocks Superintendent) and Roberta Andruska (City of Rocks and Castle Rocks Climbing Ranger).

Thanks for your understanding and patience.
By Sam Cannon
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 16, 2016
Thanks Mike, this is exactly what was needed. I haven't been to this area in a few years and now live in WA, but as I put up the page I guess I'm implicated. Hopefully visiting climbers can respect ongoing and touchy access issues. Once again, thanks for chiming in, and I apologize to the climbing ranger if I came across as rude, you just don't really know who you're dealing with or what their angle is with just a statement and no context. You guys are great!

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