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The Bombardier Wall is a sunny, 85 degree, pink-and-orange face located on the west side of Upper Rattlesnake Canyon. The wall is slightly uphill and across the canyon (northwest) from Phantom Rock, and is plainly visible from the large turnout there. This area sat untouched for decades due to the dense brush and trees that obscured it from view. The Jesusita Fire of 2008 cleared many of the once-majestic Oaks and smaller chaparral species away from the base, revealing a steep and colorful face.
From the large corner turnout parking for Phantom Rock on Gibraltar Rd, continue up the road for another 1/8 mile or so to the next major turnout on the left-hand side. If you reach the private residences on Gibraltar Rd., you've gone too far. Walk ~20 feet back down the road and begin descending the very steep hillside towards the creek. It starts out easy enough on big boulders, then transitions into loose 3rd class dirt. Once in the creek bed, easy boulder-hopping downstream leads past a tall overhanging rock face on your right (potential for some hard routes here). At this point, the Bombardier Wall is just 50 yards ahead and up the hill on your right. It faces south, so you won't be able to see the cliff until you hike just past it. With the wall in view, scramble up the loose, dirty, boulder and talus-filled slope to the base. Some poison oak (avoidable) and lots of loose rock and dirt (unavoidable) await the unsuspecting adventurer on this epic 5-10 minute approach.
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