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Center Wall  

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Center Wall is the area between News Wall and the Smorgasbord Area. The left side is marked by an overlap that starts just right of Pro Sweat (see the entry for News Wall) which arcs up and right (Chunky Tuna, 5.5). The right side is marked by a wide fissure that climbs up and right (Strawberry Jam, 5.3 - actually part of Smorgasbord). In between are a hand full of short, rarely climbed routes. Chunky Tuna and Mercy Street are the only two that start from the ground. The rest all require some easy scrambling to reach.

Getting There 

The easiest way to reach the climbs on the Center Wall is to head to the News Wall. From Echo Canyon, follow the wide hiking trail around the back side of the Main Dome until you reach the blue trail marker. Take the blue trail up to the base of the wall (directly below Sweat) and turn right. Follow the wall keeping an eye on the features above you. Good landmarks are the overlap that marks the start of Chunky Tuna, the top of the overlap (Caver's Nightmare), and a short dihedral with a pair of cracks high on the dome (Zig Zag and Slam Bam...). It's also possible to reach the climbs by following the wall from the Smorgasbord Area, but there's more bush whacking involved, and it's easy to get turned around in the maze of boulders below the wall.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.1 miles from here

6 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Center Wall:
Zig Zag   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch   
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At the start of Zig Zag.

Zig Zag 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  TX : Enchanted Rock State Natura... : ... : Center Wall
Zig Zag is a short, fun hand crack that climbs a face to the right of a dihedral high on the dome. A little scrambling is required to reach the start of the climb. Look for a dihedral formed by a boulder leaning up against the dome. Scramble up the face until you reach a good ledge just below the crack (easy 4th class). The crack starts off as a hand crack, and then narrows slightly at the top. Near the top of the wall, the crack starts to break to the right (awkward moves) and then heads t...[more]   Browse More Classics in TX

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By Superclimber
Jan 20, 2014
There is now an established and maintained trail leading to the Center Wall and Lost Wall areas. For clarity Center Wall refers to climbs located on the Mail Dome and Lost Wall refers to climbs in the boulder field below Center Wall. However, the titles Center Wall and Lost Wall are often used synonymously.

The Lost Wall Trail is currently unmarked. It is the trail located between the green and the blue trail markers near where the Echo Canyon Trail turns right and becomes the Backside Trail.

From the parking lot: Follow the Summit Trail to the Echo Canyon Trail and turn left. Stay on the Echo Canyon trail and pass Lunch Rock, the purple trail, and the green trail. Turn right on to the unmarked Backside trail. The first trail on your right is the Lost Wall/Center Wall Trail. If you come to the blue trail you've gone to far.
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