This colorful and featured limestone rock lives up to it's name. The rock was ground down by some sort of mining, and now contains many features that are definately not natural. Provided that you get over that, some of the routes on this wall are quite fun!
Ranging in height from 40 feet to 70 feet, there are routes ranging from 5.7 to 5.11, most of them sustained. All routes are bolted, but if you enjoy cheating death, you can also lead many of the limestone routes using protection. Some of the rock is still quite loose, so double and triple check any and all placements.
Estimated time from the parking lot: 20 minutes.
From the entrance to the Auburn Cliffs Valley, this is the rock on your immediate left that looks like it's been devoured by a huge machine.
8 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
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M+M 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 70'
Unknown 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'
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M+M 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c CA
: Sacramento Valley/Foothills
: ... : Scale Wall
Fourth route from the left on the scale wall.Climb up the slab using huge jugs with good feet. This climb is stretchy enough where it will be a good warmup, and a good excercise for someone who hasn't climbed outdoors before. The route is a bit runout for a 5.8, but the crux is protected and near the top....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
Local Information for Scale Wall
BETA PHOTO: Scale Wall on a frosty winter day.
the most fun route on the scale wall, very easy bu...
you will find interesting features on this rock
|By Justin Johnsen|
From: Sacramento, CA
Jan 14, 2013
The Scale Wall wins the prize for getting the only direct sun during January, but only for an hour or two.
|By Chandler Heppe|
From: Nevada City, CA
Jan 3, 2014
Really didn't enjoy this wall, every route is terribly dirty. It has some moderately rated climbs for beginners but even for that there are way better places to learn than this wall coated in dirt and apoxy.
Jan 4, 2014
Just to be clear, there is not a single route on the Scale Wall with any epoxy. As for the dirt, it is a Quarry and you are climbing there in the winter which will be its "dirtiest" time. I do agree and will say though the Scale Wall is a face that does get a solid coating of dirt every winter due to how it sheds water / mud from the top of the cliff during rain. Come back in late spring through fall for cleaner climbing on this wall.