BETA PHOTO: The backside of Table Mountain from Highway 108 on...
This wall contains many sport routes of varying intermediatedifficulty, from 5.8 - 5.10c. There are currently 8 boltedroutes, all containing well protected hidden holds and otherrandom Table Mountain fun. Some routes are vertical, and otherscontain some overhanging sections.
Due to the longer approach, it is obvious that these areas aren'tvisited quite as often as the front areas, though for 5.10climbers, this back is where you want to be.
This and all the other back areas are in the sun in the midday,and see shade in the morning and late afternoon.Due to the longerapproach, it is obvious that these areas aren'tvisited quite as often as the front areas, though for 5.10climbers, this back is where you want to be.
All routes on the Senior Wall you should either lower or rappell.
Approach time: 42 - 62 minutes
From the second gate (in your car). Park immediately after thesecond gate, and you will see two white gates. One is straightahead, and one is to the left. You want to take the gate on theleft, which is always locked. This leads you onto a wide fairlyunused service trail that gently climbs uphill. this routeuuphill, following the brown trail signs with arrows on them.
After about 1/4 of a mile, you will notice a smaller trail thatheads to the left, which you should take. Going straight leadsyou to the fissures. Following this narrow trail uphill andaround overgrown everything, WATCH OUT FOR POISON OAK. This willhead to less gently uphill switchbacks, which take you to the topof the mountain rather quickly.
Once at the top, you will find yourself in a huge upen area,which is quite georgeous, but WATCH OUT FOR SNAKES. You will see3 small Oak trees in the distance a little right from the ridge,which you should hea towards. There is no large trail headingover there, and there probably won't be anytime soon. Head tothe left tree, and you will find the STEEP downtrail heading leftoff the top about 20 yards from the leftmost (easternmost) tree.
This sketchy trail is covered in poision oak, and will go eastand away from the edge for a while, for a while, and then willhead back to the right and towards the cliff.
The first rock you see on the right with bolts on it is The FarSide. If you continue down (approx 20 yards) the scree field, atthe bottom you will find a trail heading right in the rocks, butat the bottom. This will head towards the right, and will head alittle ways West. It will then head uphill and back towards therock, and as soon you can see the wall, you will be right infront of the waterfall route. If you continue along the face,you will see the many bolted routes of the rest of the Senior Wall.
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Senior Wall:
This climb is the 5th from the rightmost set of bolts at Senior Wall. This juggy route is slightly more overhung than its neighbor Senior Project (5.10b). Harder sections after 1st bolt and right beneath the anchors, but the route has plenty of rests....[more]Browse More Classics in CA
This area is more like indoor climbing than any place I've been. The routes I did are all quite similar. Juggy, pumpy and sustained. My arms were toasted after a day here. Fun spot, not a lot of variety, but lots of good moderate sport routes. There are a lot more routes up than are listed currently (maybe 16 total).