Not wanting to hump your gear all over the park, or need somewhere with a variety of base routes to snag some afternoon shade?
The imposing 700 foot high Picnic Lunch Wall is just a quick hop up from the bridge on the stairs of the Misery Ridge Trail.
While most of the climbing at Smith is on a lot better rock, there are still some decent routes ranging from 5.9 to 5.14, including some aid climbs on the left half of the cliff.
While we point out the crumbling Shiprock, it’s only to tell you to just take pictures and be on your way. The crumbling rhyolite, while hard, has fractures that pull off when least expected.
Some choice routes of the area though:
(All are rated 3 star in Alan Watts’ Guidebook, with * noting a 4 star)
(NOTE: see seasonal closure information for this area)
Voyage of the Cow Dog 5.9 sport, 9 bolts, 3 pitches
Honey Pot 5.9 sport, 11 bolts, 1 pitch
Teddy Bear’s Picnic 5.10b sport, 12 bolts, 2 pitches
Highway 97 5.11b, sport, 4 bolts, 1 pitch
Touch 5.11c sport, 7 bolts, 1 pitch
Bubbas in Bondage 5.11d mixed to 1 inch, 1 pitch
Five Easy Pieces start 5.12a sport, 7 bolts, 1 pitch
Five Easy Pieces 5.13a sport, 14 bolts, 5 pitches
The Big R 5.14a sport, 15 bolts, 1 pitch