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Hall of Horrors, West Wall, East Face
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Hall of Horrors, West Wall, East Face

 
Hall of Horrors, West Wall, East Face

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 34.00016°N / 116.14703°W

Object Title: Hall of Horrors, West Wall, East Face

County: Riverside

Activities: Trad Climbing, Sport Climbing, Toprope

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 4300 ft / 1311 m

 

Page By: Marcsoltan

Created/Edited: Nov 29, 2010 / Nov 29, 2010

Object ID: 681737

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Overview

 
East face
 


West Wall of Hall of Horrors is a rock formation inJoshua Tree National Park, California. The focus of this page is the east face of the west wall.


Generally, the Hall of Horrors is reminiscent of the extremely popular Echo Rock area, but not quite as big or convoluted. Of the four separate rock formations, the west wall offers a large variety of face routes. Hall of Horrors, West Wall, West Face, also known as "Buckets to Burbank wall" offers several easy to moderate face routes. The east face of the west wall, however, is quite different in character offering a multitude of steep and difficult face routes.
You will find a number of routes in the 5.11 range on this face. The east face is actually southeast facing and great for early fall to mid spring climbing. The holds are very small and foot traffic quite sparse. I have never seen a great deal of chalk marks on this face.



The east face of the west wall at Hall of Horrors is generally short in height and bolted. Typical to Joshua Tree face routes, don't expect to find a bolt every four or five feet. These routes are more sporty and sport. There is one easy route in the middle of the face. This is known as Jessica's Crack, rated 5.6 established in the mid 1970s where as the more difficult bolted face routes began to appear in the past twenty five years.

Select Routes

 
Select routes
 


The east face of the west wall at Hall of Horrors is generally short in height and bolted. Typical to Joshua Tree face routes, don't expect to find a bolt every four or five feet. These routes are more sporty than sport. There is one easy route in the middle of the face. This is known as Jessica's Crack, rated 5.6 established in the mid 1970s where as the more difficult bolted face routes began to appear in the past twenty five years.


Jessica's Crack provides an easy access to the top of the formation where you can find a number of double bolt anchors. These anchors provide a good way to top rope some of the more difficult routes on either side of Jessica's Crack. For those looking for face routes reaching the extremes, they can try Avant Chain, rated 12a. For a more moderate, still pretty challenging face route, try Read My Flips, rated 11a.


On the right side and somewhat separated from the rest, you can find a rather convoluted route which requires gear placement as well as bolts to reach the top. This is Read My Lips, rated 11a, and it weaves around a few overhangs to reach the bolt protected upper face and the two-bolt anchor on the top.

List of the select routes









Routes of Bankrupt Rock
AAvant Chain, 12a, bolted face, anchor
BJessica's Crack, 5.6, Standard Rack, wide pro.
CRead My Flips, 11a, bolts, anchor
DRead My Lips, 11a, bolts for the upper face, Standard Rack
ELow angle down climb


How To Get There

 
Sign leading to the east face of the west wall
 
 
Joshua Tree on the way to Buckets To Burbank
 

From the western entrance to Joshua Tree National Park drive on Park Boulevard, formerly known as Quail Springs Road, for about nine miles to a major rock formation called Intersection Rock. Intersection Rock is a major landmark on the north side of Quail Springs Road with ample parking for visitors and climbers alike. This rock, true to its name, sit at the cross roads to “Hidden Valley Campground”, Barker Dam Road and the road to “Day use and picnic” area. Continue driving past Intersection rock to Ryan Campground clearly marked.

Hall of Horrors is a grouping of rock formations approximately one mile northwest of the Ryan Campground turn off on Park Boulevard. Use the same parking as for Saddle Rocks. There are ample parking, bathrooms and marked trails leading to different formations. Looking in the westerly direction from the parking lot you will see several rock formations. This area is known as Hall of Horrors. To reach the east face of the west wall you can take the trail that goes around these formations from the left or from the right. I found the trail that goes around from the right much more straight forward. Walk past the middle formation, the longest formation in Hall of Horrors area, and go left into a level valley it makes with the west wall. Approaching from the north, right, the east face of the west wall will be to your right.

Note: You will come across a sign showing the way to "Exorcist, 10a". Jessica's Crack is across from this famous route.

Camping, Noise Considerations, Environmental Concerns, Fees & Food

 
Joshua Tree landscape
Typical Joshua Tree landscape





 
Desert Flowers near...
Desert Flowers

Please tread lightly. The Access Fund has gone to great lengths posting trail marker for approaches to many of the more popular crags. Do your best to stay on these trails, and where you are forced to use a different path, choose the ones that rain can mend in time. Drainages make for good trails where there are no established trails.
Avoid stepping on native and fragile plants, and do not feed the coyotes. Coyotes are very much used to people and often hang around picnic areas and camp grounds in hopes of getting a hand out. It’s better to let them live their natural life.

Camping

 
Joshua Tree sunset
 
There are nine campgrounds in Joshua Tree National Park. At the entrance to the park you are always asked if you would care to have a map and a brochure. The brochure will have plenty of information on the campgrounds and the map will guide you to many of the pleasant hikes throughout the park. You may even get the latest information as to availability of campsites. During the peak season (mid winter through spring) finding a campsite may become a major task. It is highly recommended to use the following link to get more information in advance.

Joshua Tree Camping



Noise considerations



When you are camping with friends and sitting around the fire, it is easy to forget that there are other people trying to sleep in the nearby campsites. It is important to put yourself in their shoes. Keep the noise and music to a minimum and certainly not too much past 10 p.m. Your neighbors will smile at you in the morning instead of giving you dirty looks.

Fees and Food


 
Entrance station...
 
 
The best Thai food...
 
My wife and I have had Thai food in many different restaurants and cities. This Thai place beats them all. In November when the number of visitors to Joshua Tree reaches its peak, this restaurant puts on a Thai buffet, all you can eat for 10.95$/person. But, you must get there early, or be prepared to wait by the door for a table. The latest information indicates that the buffet style will be terminated by the end of February and will resume in November of 2010.

Images

East faceSelect routesSign leading to the east face of the west wall