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The Garden Wall  

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The Garden Wall is a minor crag in CCC with four routes presently established in the range of 5.10 to 5.11. One of these is strictly trad, the other three being fully bolted. Several more short and steep lines will be done later in the year. The rock is granitic and very solid. Due to the heavy vegetation, most of the crag gets little sun, and this can be user-friendly on a hot day. TGW won't hold anything remarkable, but it can provide a short respite from the crowds and the summer heat. Several boulder problems might be worth checking out.

Getting There 

TGW lies on the South side of the canyon and 200 meters East of Sonic Youth. Park as for Sonic or in a tiny pullout just East of the crag. No real trail exists, but a scruffy approach has been used enough to be identified. Otherwise scramble up from the lower angle terrain to the East. The approach time is 30 seconds or so.

Eds. there is a trail going to the left side of the cliff. A traverse of ~50 yards from the left side deposits you below the right side of the cliff.


A. ?
B? Unknown, 1p, bolts.
C. ?
D. ?
E. Shady Boy, 10, 1p, 65', bolts.
FG. Shady Affair, 11, 1p, 70', bolts.
G. Shady Girl, 10, 1p, 65', bolts.
H. Shady Baby, 9+ PG-13/R, 1p, 65', gear & bolts or TR.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.7 miles from here

4 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Garden Wall:
Shady Baby   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 65'   
Shady Affair   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
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A possible location of the trad line left of Shady...
A possible location of the trad line left of Shady...
This shows the bolted line on the left side of the...
This shows the bolted line on the left side of the...
Shady Girl's start.
Shady Girl's start.
Another possible line. This would need a big brush...
Another possible line. This would need a big brush...

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By Jay Eggleston
From: Denver
Jul 23, 2014
Does anyone know how hard the route to the left of Shady Boy is? I have not done it, but I wish I knew what it is.
By Andy B
Sep 23, 2014
I could be wrong, but I'm trying to clarify for everyone (or the 3 people who actually trek up here).

The main wall has three bolted lines. Shady Boy is left and Shady Girl is on the right. The middle line is a variation of Shady Girl that climbs 4 bolts before it joins Shady Girl. I would say this is the hardest of the three. It's not listed here, does anyone know a name or rating?

There is also another bolted line about 50 feet left of Shady Boy. Also not listed here.
By Pierre Sarnow
Dec 9, 2014
The middle bolted line (Shady Affair) has the most difficult start. I would rate it 11-.
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