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Submitted By: Vernon Stiefel on May 5, 2003


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The Bulkhead seen above a triangular boulder in Ra...


This massive rock on the north facing hillside above Rattlesnake Canyon resembles the lower portion of a ship and is easily visible from the parking area. There are two trad routes (with one or more bolts) that ascend quality rock for 85' and are worth the approach. The descent is a walkoff.

Getting There 

Head south up the Rattlesnake Canyon wash until it veers west. From this point hike up the steep slope to a ledge at the base of the north face. Some boulder hopping is required.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.9 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

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Rock Climbing Photo: The Bulkhead in the sun just left of center..
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Rock Climbing Photo: The Bulkhead. Photo by Blitzo.
The Bulkhead. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Bulkhead
The Bulkhead

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By David Evans
Jan 8, 2004
The Bulkhead is the proud dark brown triangular blockoverlooking the Rattlesnake Forks area. The two routes on it are "Exiled in Sweden" 5.10d ** and "Bulkhead Arete" 5.10b R **. Both routes climb great brown varnish.

Hike up Rattlesnake until past the waterfall area and makethe turn to the west at Rattlesnake Forks. A couple hundred meters above and straddling the faint ridge is the Bulkhead.

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