BETA PHOTO: Stuck/abandoned gear at Rivendale.
Good winter climbing area with moderate sport routes. The hour-long hike keeps out the crowds, but it is well worth the approach. The climbs are fun and the area is very pretty, right along the streambed. No road noise here. The wall faces west/southwest and gets winter sun by noon. Most of the climbs start on slightly water-polished stone then work up to very nice edges. The wall is mostly vertical, but some climbs are fairly sporty and have fun moves.
Park at the hairpin turn at the bottom of the highway. Cross the street and follow the trails/streambed up past the Lefthand and Righthand walls. Keep to the right side of the stream and you will find another trail. This drops down into the streambed again as the canyon makes a sharp right bend. Cross the stream and scramble up ten feet of rock steps to find a trail going up the side drainage to the west. This switchbacks steeply up to the west wall of Soldier Canyon. Follow the trail (overgrown here and there, but easy to follow) for about 20 minutes. Once back in the streambed, keep to the left side and scramble up and over some big boulders. Keep looking for the occasional trail sections and finally a dead tree that acts as a short bridge. Duck through an opening under a huge boulder and scramble up a shark fin of rock and there you are! The approach is half the fun! Note that Squeezing the Lemmon shows Rivendale on the wrong side of the stream. The wall is on the east side, facing west/southwest. Otherwise the route descriptions are correct. Give yourself an hour the first time, 45 minutes once you know the way.
www.climbaz.com has excellent directions with pictures and route descriptions.
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rivendale wall. i think this is notched arrow.
|By Dale Zinkowski|
Jun 27, 2006
Not sure this area is worth the hike. It is a very secluded area, but the climbs leave a lot to be desired. If you want to kill a day, go for it. But go for the hike, not the climbing.
|By 1Eric Rhicard|
Jun 29, 2006
Just for the record The topo in SQ II is on the page just as I received it from the person that put up the routes.
|By Tony B|
From: Around Boulder, CO
Jan 3, 2008
If you pass it and stay right up the stream bed, you are in cougar country for sure. I tracked a fresh set cat's prints up the streambed for about 20 minutes before turning around and coming back down to Rivendale... only to to find more prints over mine. Apparently the tracked was tracking the tracker and we were going in circles. I suspect by the size that it was not a terribly large cat, as the prints were smaller than my palms.
May 30, 2008
This is a nice area outside the summer months, or really early in the AM when it's hot. Jonas and I just did a little enchainment of areas, starting at Jailhouse, bombing down the creek to Riv, and finishing the day at Hairpin. Good times. Plenty of wildlife down from the big falls near Soldier trail. The climbs at Riv are well bolted, mostly little crimps and edges. Solid, nothing particularly hard. I love this whole section in the spring and it's totally worth the hike in. Hell, the hike in is most of the reason that I love this area, and mostly because nobody goes there. So please stay away. Everything there sucks.
|By 1Eric Rhicard|
Jul 21, 2008
Hey Greg. It may be that Steve Johnson was referring to the LOTR but this is how he spelled it when it was given to me to put in SQ ll. He is also the one that gave me the topo with cliff facing the wrong way. He has never asked me to change it so I guess it is the way he wanted it. Perhaps there is a double meaning that we have yet to decipher.
Mar 7, 2009
IMO, this is one of those areas you go to once. The setting is pristine, but the approach is too long for just a handful of decent routes.
|By Steven W. Johnson|
From: Tucson, Arizona
Mar 26, 2009
Just to note: I hiked out to Revindell, which I admittedly must have spelled wrong but the editor did not catch it and call before the first guide went to press, to see exactly how bad the trail was after hearing about if over the past few years. Yep, the original very scenic trail is gone. Recently I have attempted several other ways into Revindell but have reached the same conclusion that determined the first trail. Soldier's Trail takes one to high with a unrealistic approach descent/ascent in and out. I also tried going straight up and over the ridge passing past the Beaconing Wall but that is a lot of work. So, the resolve is to still go up the canyon floor to the first curve in the canyon and put the trail back in with a slightly higher variation. I will keep you posted on when that happens; maybe in the fall.
From: Tucson, AZ
Aug 21, 2009
Steve: It's perfect the way it is. It's easy enough just hiking the canyon to the wall. If they don't find it... well it's all about the journey anyway, right? I love taking all my climbing gear out for a nice hike every now and then. See ya at the next Fest.
From: Tucson, AZ
Dec 27, 2012
Squeezing The Lemon guidebook (and this site) state this wall is south facing (s-sw). For the record, the wall faces west-northwest. Some afternoon sun but not much, maybe a couple hours in the winter. On a side note...fun hike!
|By Dan K|
Jan 2, 2013
Hey All, I was climbing at return of the king yesterday and a freak slip of the foot at the inopportune moment left me with a bummed ankle and 2 unretrievable draws on the wall. If anybody is heading to the area in the near future, I would appreciate it if you could retrieve the draws for me as I won't be climbing for a while. Cheers!
Jan 3, 2013
Dan, got your draws today. Will leave them at the Bloc gym for you tomorrow. Get well soon.