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The Real Hidden Valley is a small crag 150 yards left of the Prestige World Wide Wall. The wall reminded me of climbing in Joshua Tree. The routes are roughly 65-70' tall with great exposure. The crag sits in a small ravine high up on the hillside a receives morning and afternoon sun. The routes are located on the left side of the wall.
Park the same as Nightworm Pinnacle 8.0 miles up the canyon. It is across from the New Economy Cliff. Cross the road and follow a loose trail to the base of the Nightworm Pinnacle. Scramble around the right side of Nightworm and follow the wash to the right uphill past cairns.
Prestige Worldwide Wall will be hidden behind a large cedar tree on the left. The first part of the approach will be about 10 minutes uphill from the road. From PWW, walk left for ~10 minutes west if you basically contour at approximately the same level (passing along the base of some slabs) as the west (left) side of the crag. You can get a glimpse of the top of it pretty shortly after contouring west. Drop down into the ravine to the base of the crag.
Note, the Upper Wall is a bit higher up the hill, probably another 10 minutes and maybe another 400 yards uphill.
This is the far right route with fixed gear on the crag.Jam up the narrowing crack that angles to the right of the 1st bolt. Pull onto the face. Make a balancy mantle move to the second bolt. The obvious line seems to utilize a triangular, seemingly solid hold that makes one not want to put one's face in front as you load it. Be careful with that top block above the anchor. It seems to be just sitting there.The rating I gave may reflect the left shoulder discomfort I've had of late....[more]Browse More Classics in CO
This is a fun area and I don't want to discourage people from visiting it, but the routes seem hard compared to the ratings given to them by the first ascender. We thought several of the routes were harder than they are posted here.
So this crag is nowhere close to 150 yards left of Prestige Wall - at all. We spent ~1 hr exploring the ravines within 300 yards on both ends (east and west) of Prestige Wall looking for this cliff but to no avail! Discouragingly, in retrospect, we think we saw something that looked like this cliff off in the distance possible 1,500 yards upstream (left) of Prestige Wall - but not 150 yards. Am I crazy or did other people go way way past that estimated distance?
Maybe you are crazy? It's to the left (west/upstream). I don't remember exactly how far, but 150 yards sounds good. Just walk left and you can't miss it.
By Leo Paik Administrator From: Westminster, Colorado Jan 1, 2014
Geoff, you're right, it's more than 150 yards. It's probably 10 minutes west if you basically contour at approximately the same level as the west (left) side of the crag. Maybe it's 500-600 yards? From what I can recall, you can get a glimpse of the top of it pretty shortly after contouring west. Note, the Upper Wall is a bit higher up the hill, probably another 10 minutes and maybe another 400 yards uphill.