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The Purple Wall sports several bolted routes on juggy, overhanging quartz monzonite. The area's name is likely derived from the unique purple varnish in sections of the rock. The wall is east-facing and is in the shade after 2pm or so. Rock quality is good, but are still cleaning up. There are some sections of rotten rock, but nothing serious. A gentle breeze picked up once the sun went down. Routes are well protected and most bolts clip from good stances. Worth the hike considering the seclusion and great weather on a hot summer afternoon.
Look for a lone pine tree between the two "Maybird Avalanche Area" signs. Here, a rock cairn marks the beginning of the trail. Follow the established trail to a rock-filled gulch. A series of rock cairns lead to the remnants of two stone huts. Look left and the Purple Wall will stare right back at you. Plan on moderate hiking of about 20-25 minutes.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Purple Wall:
Pump It Until Purple 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 30'
The Wine Drip 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 35'
Purple Pumper 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Mad Swiller 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 35'
Drop Out 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 55'
Squeeze It Until It's Purple 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 35'
Bubbles & Booze 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 35'
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