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Description 

Bouldering-about thirty established lines with potential for a few more in the upper range. The first area, with about a dozen problems, is centered around a short rock band that will test your mantle skills. The higher area, where you find Valkyrie, is quiet and feels quite alpine considering the short approach. This area has a number of nice boulders scattered along the bench. For the tenacious, you can walk another ten minutes past Valkyrie Fallen and find more bouldering along a tall band of rock near the summit of the ridge. All of these problems have seen relatively few ascents so pull carefully. The rock is generally quite good, but you are in the foothills after all and only minutes from home.

Getting There 

From the parking lot, walk north for a few feet and then take the first "trail" out of the wash. Cross the canyon to the west passing a nice boulder with knobs on its north face (V4) at about two minutes and identify the ridge running down towards you from the main west ridge of the entire canyon. The Westside comprises the entire ridge. At its lowest point is a great lieback problem called Lonestar (V2), the breadloaf band about a 1/4 of the way up the hill is the Westside Lounge and has an outstanding V3 that climbs some slopers to a challenging mantle and the classic seam Carlito's Way. Valhalla, where you find Valkyrie, starts above the Westside and is separated from it by a plateau. The Valhalla area continues above Valkyrie until it ends at a tall bouldering wall with about seven or so problems on it ten minutes farther up the hill. All told, there are about thirty problems scattered along the ridge with potential for probably that many more.

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.3 miles from here

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