Jerry Brown is the name of a route on The Brown Wall in the Real Hidden Valley area of Joshua Tree National Park, California.
Established early in the history of climbing on The Brown Wall, Jerry Brown is arguably the best and the most sought after route on this formation. The entire west face of The Brown Wall is broken up by parallel vertical crack systems. Jerry Brown follows a thin crack system just to the right of the center of the wall. The most prominent feature of the route is a roof some eighteen feet up from the base.
The route begins on a very thin crack that is leaning to the right forcing you to lay back the initial moves. Soon after you are making face moves to reach a roof some eighteen feet off the deck. Making sure to protect the next few moves well, surmount the roof. Above the roof, the right leaning crack continues for another twenty feet to where the crack becomes wider and more manageable. A great ledge before the top may serve as a great place for setting up an anchor and belaying. Belaying from this ledge reduces rope drag and you can see your second following the pitch. A prominent third class crack on the upper tier of the rock will lead to the top.
To descend walk off to the right.
Essential Equipment: Carry one sixty meter rope, standard rack up to 2.5 inches, slings.
Turn right onto the road leading to day use area with a large parking lot and bathrooms. The Trail to “Real Hidden Vally” is obvious and starts here. This trail leads to “Nature Loop Trail” and “Real Hidden Valley.”
When you get to the Loop Trail take the left fork. After a few minutes you will come to the largest formation in the area. That is Sentinel to your left and it’s mostly east facing. Thin Wall is a short walk further past Sentinel Rock.
Continue on the Nature Loop Trail until you see The Great Burrito. The Brown Wall is obvious and to the left of The Great Burrito about two hundred feet further. Weave over and around boulders to the base.
Camping, Noise considerations, Environmental concerns,
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.
Joshua Tree Camping
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.