The dramatic 300 foot reddish-purple wall rising above the Misery Ridge Trail represents yet another type of rock in the park.
Rich in iron ore, the imposing Red Wall formation is a bit different than the normal welded tuff you see throughout.
After crossing the bridge, look straight up and to the right for the Misery Ridge Trail. Go about .25 miles and cut up on the marked trail to the base of the wall.
A draw for its short approach and afternoon shade on hot days, the solid, well-featured climbs won’t disappoint. A fixed anchor above Super Slab lets you quickly descend with two double-rope rappels, but you can skip that altogether by just joining back up with the Misery Ridge Trail.
The Red Wall area incorporates not only the Red Wall, but Red Ryder Buttress and Easy’s Playhouse. Most of the range is from 5.6 to 5.10 b, but a few 5.11 and 5.12s are there to push the harder climber.
Here’s a few in the area to check out: (All are rated 3 star in Alan Watts’ Guidebook, with * noting a 4 star)
Moscow trad, gear to 3.5 inches, 4 pitches
*Super Slab trad, gear to 2.5 inches, 3 pitches
A Stroke of Brilliance sport, 8 bolts, 1 pitch
Amphetamine Grip R trad, gear to 2 inches, 3 pitches
Panama Red R mixed to 2.5 inches, 1 pitch
Chouinard’s Crack trad, gear to 2 inches, 1 pitch
Peking trad, gear to 2.5 inches, 3 pitches
Finger Puppet 5.10a sport, 3 bolts, 1 pitch
Breakdown in Paradise 5.10b sport, 6 bolts, 1 pitch
Helter Direct Finish 5.10b sport, 6 bolts, 1 pitch
Let’s Face It 5.10b sport. 6 bolts, 1 pitch
Titanium Jag 5.10b R mixed to 2 inches, 3 pitches
Jag Connection 5.10c sport, mixed to 2 inches, 2 pitches
Orgasmorgoria 5.10c sport, 14 bolts, 2 pitches
Phantasmagoria 5.10c sport, 9 bolts, 1 pitch
*Bay of Pigs 5.10d sport, 13 bolts, 2 pitches
Fingers of Fate 5.10d mixed to 2 inches, 2 pitches
Straight Outta’ Peking 5.10d sport, 5 bolts, 1 pitch
Chairman Mao’s Little Red Book 5.11a trad, gear to 1 inch, 2 pitches
Ride The Lightning 5.11b sport, 5 bolts, 1 pitch
Sole Survivor 5.11b sport, 8 bolts, 1 pitch
*Gulag Archipelago 5.11d sport, 14 bolts, 4 pitches
Red Ryder Buttress:
Desperately Seeking Shade mixed to 1.5 inches, 1 pitch
Flex trad, gear to .75 inches, 1 pitch
I Almost Died 5.11a trad, gear to 2.5 inches, 1 pitch
*Boys in the Hood 5.11d sport, 14 bolts, 1 pitch
Big Boss Man 5.12a sport, 5 bolts, 1 pitch
Straight Outta Madras 5.12c sport, 4 bolts, 1 pitch
Adam Splitter 5.12c TR, 1 pitch
Bugging Out 5.12d sport, 5 bolts, 1 pitch