This area is actually a way of denoting a larger group of areas that lie mostly west of Fern Creek and go almost all the way to Bridge Buttress.
This Area doesn't dry as fast as the rest of the cliffs on Endless Wall due to its very shaded nature. Try Diamond Point Area routes if it may be a wet day.
Use Fern Point ladder; accessible from Fern Point trailhead.
Alternatively, and preferably, most folks park near the bridge and hike east away from Bridge Buttress, you'll see a trail but no cliff, no worries it'll find ya!
63 Total Routes
['4 Stars',12],['3 Stars',30],['2 Stars',15],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
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Latest Regional Forum Messages
|By Jeremy Steck|
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 8, 2008
If you are trying to decide which approach to take for this area, consider the Orchard Wall as your point of reference. If you plan to climb at the Orchard Wall or to the west(downstream), approach from the west side. If you plan to climb anything east of the Orchard wall, try the approach from Fern Point. Those with dogs prefer the west approach because there are no ladders to descend.
|By Mike Anderson|
From: Dayton, OH
Apr 9, 2011
Why so many sub areas? This is irritating!
|By Brandy Walters|
Jun 13, 2012
I agree with the sub area comment. It wouldn't be as bad if they were in sequence instead of alphabetic order. I don't have my guidebook with me at the moment so I'm trying to figure out which routes are in my range and near each other.
|By Jake Jones|
From: Richmond, VA
Jun 20, 2013
The shortest approach is actually to park at the Fern lot, follow the trail toward the falls (Fern Creek), and then take a right BEFORE the little foot bridge. Follow the rim for a few minutes and rap in just short of Star Trek Wall. There's usually an established station that's hard to miss. I left some new nylon and a locker there to augment what was already there. To get out without going downstream or having to go all the way to the ladders upstream, just climb out at Star Trek on any of the easy routes and top out- then follow the same way out that you came in. I've been every way in there and out, and that seems to be the shortest.