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Brownstone Wall Rock Climbing 

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BETA PHOTO: The Brownstone Wall from the approach

RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. MORE INFO >>>


This east-facing brown wall sits at the upper end of Juniper Canyon. It's a bit of a grunt to hike in to but contains some excellent routes. A scrambling descent from the top is the V-shaped gully on the left (south) side of the wall, called the Gunsight. This gully separates the Brownstone Wall from the Rainbow Wall.

Getting There 

Follow the standard approach into Juniper Canyon, passing Rose Tower and Jackrabbit Buttress on your right. You should find a decent trail which heads up the drainage, the same approach as for the Rainbow Wall. Where you would turn left for the Rainbow Wall (and where the main drainage jogs left and you can see the Brownstone Wall directly above of you but still 500' higher), leave the main drainage and head right up a talus slope and then a long section of slickrock up a bowl to the base of the Brownstone Wall. It is also possible to stay in the main drainage longer (especially for Black Dagger which is the far left side of the Brownstone Wall) but this involves more bushwhacking. Total approach time is 1.5-2 hours.

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Weather station 3.3 miles from here

21 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Brownstone Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Brownstone Wall:
Black Dagger   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13     Trad, 6 pitches, 800'   
Cat Scratch Fever   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 6 pitches, 700'   
Hourglass Diversion   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 650'   
Sweet Thin   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 7 pitches, 730'   
Armatron   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   
Arms Reduction   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 400'   
Requiem for a Tadpole   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 750'   
The Nightcrawler   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 5 pitches, 550'   
Pro Choice   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   
Time's Up   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 6 pitches, 500'   
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Sweet Thin 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  NV : Red Rock : ... : Brownstone Wall
OVERVIEWIf Armatron gets two stars in Handren's guide Sweet Thin deserves three. The route shares the first two pitches of Armatron (including the uneventful crux) before whisking you off to a unique balancey fifth pitch followed by a flaring chimney/offwidth one. The FA is unlisted in Handren's book. The route is south-facing; however, note that it goes into the shade in the afternoon in the winter.ROUTEP1 (5.8, 100')Climb the first pitch of Armatron, which tak...[more]   Browse More Classics in NV

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Rock Climbing Photo: The Approach Slabs.  Photo by Tim Baer
The Approach Slabs. Photo by Tim Baer
Rock Climbing Photo: Approach slabs.
Approach slabs.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Gunsight Notch descent begins in an unobtrusiv...
BETA PHOTO: The Gunsight Notch descent begins in an unobtrusiv...
Rock Climbing Photo: The initial chimney of the Gunsight descent.
BETA PHOTO: The initial chimney of the Gunsight descent.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down the Gunsight Notch.  Note Crimson Chr...
Looking down the Gunsight Notch. Note Crimson Chr...
Rock Climbing Photo: Brownstone Wall Left
BETA PHOTO: Brownstone Wall Left
Rock Climbing Photo: Desert Big Horn on the approach slabs to the Brown...
Desert Big Horn on the approach slabs to the Brown...

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By Melissa Wanserski
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Jan 11, 2015
Some rappelling info on Brownstone North wall:

(Couldn't find this info anywhere else, so I'm posting)

For reference, see Handren guide or this great Beta Photo

My partner and I climbed the 1st 2 pitches on Mayday Malefactor on 1/8/15 and bailed. My 70m rope has a few extra feet, but would not have reached to rap this route, so:

From the top of pitch 2 of Mayday Malefactor, we rappelled climbers right to the anchor at the top of pitch 2 of Sweet Thin, in the bottom of the large left-facing corner (first green dot in the photo). *Not recommended* as this was at the VERY end of my 70m rope, and my 100# partner could not reach without me reigning her in.

From this anchor at the top of pitch 2 of Sweet Thin (in the left-facing corner), a 70m rope will make 2 single-rope rappels to the ground
By Jason Albino
From: San Francisco, CA
Oct 22, 2015
Approach info if starting from the Pine Creek Parking lot.

  • Take the main hiker's trail straight into Pine Creek Canyon, staying high and avoiding entering the wash on your left until in the vicinity of/passing the remains of a large flat concrete/roof formation on the left (I guess this is called the "Homestead" or something of the sort). After seeing the concrete, don't descend into the wash just yet, but continue another couple of minutes until the path veers left into the wash. Then, if you meet a fork, take the left path again.

  • Follow the path to cross the stream. After crossing the stream, look for an well-cut hiker's path that heads up/left AWAY from the canyon and up and out of the wash.

  • Now out of the wash, continue following the obvious path, eventually noting cairns that will start to become more and more prominent.

  • You'll see a few path branches here and there - as long as you're still seeing cairns, ALWAYS take the right branch.

  • This will have you eventually heading uphill towards the right edge of the mouth of Juniper Canyon. Avoid dropping into the Juniper Canyon wash until the rock wall (Jackrabbit Buttress?) is actually on your right, almost spitting distance away.

  • From there, the path will take you into the wash, but continue to follow cairns all the way up out to where the path eventually turns flat again and you can see Brownstone Wall. This section will require some occasional 4th class boulder scrambling, but as long as you're never going more than 2 minutes, you're on the right track (as the cairns continue to be plentiful all the way).

  • Once on the flat and out of the bushy part of the wash, continue to follow the cairns until you reach the base of the enormous slabs that spill out underneath the Brownstone Wall (note that the path will take you hard left to the base of the left side of the canyon BEFORE you bank back toward these slabs). Note here that the next section of the approach will be in a line a bit left of your eventual destination at the base of the Hourglass formation.

  • Once at the slabs, look carefully for cairns that mark an easy 3rd-ish class slab scramble directly up the slabs and eventually onto to a small talus field which then leads to the base of the wall. If you instead do not ascend the slabs and continue to follow the more obvious set of cairns back left toward the left wall downhill from Rainbow Wall, you'll wind up hiking up the Gunsight Notch descent path, which CAN be used to eventually reach the fall left end of Brownstone, but will then require needless traversing and down-hiking to get back to the base of the Hourglass.

  • If heading on to the Hourglass section of the wall for Nightcrawler, etc, once over the slabs and the small cacti-laden talus section, follow the cairns until you reach the actual base of Brownstone.

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