Walking Path Down/Up Rainbow Wall

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jt698

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Santa Monica, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 4, 2013 - 06:39pm PT
http://www.supertopo.com/tr/The-Original-Route-Rainbow-Wall-Red-Rock-Photo-TR/t11933n.html

Anyone know if there is a backside that lets you see the summit? I figure the park is closed, but was wondering how accessible it is from the back.
tornado

climber
lawrence kansas
Oct 4, 2013 - 06:48pm PT
Park on the highway for Oak Creek Canyon. Hike all the way up Oak Creek Canyon. Voila.
jt698

Social climber
Santa Monica, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 4, 2013 - 06:54pm PT
Highway 160? Is that the back or the front?
tornado

climber
lawrence kansas
Oct 4, 2013 - 09:15pm PT
No, Highway 159. What is this front back business? As far as I know you cannot walk up the "front" to the summit. You would have to climb a route on the wall. Oak Creek Canyon is the walkoff for the routes. Going up the canyon you can expect a good 4 hour hike over a lot of big boulders in the wash. The wash is very pretty with a lot of pinkish striped sandstone.
jt698

Social climber
Santa Monica, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 4, 2013 - 09:25pm PT
The front is the wall side accessed from the gated park which I bet is closed. The front is that scenic loop rd. On google maps it looks like there are roads and trails on the opposite side of the mountain. East/west would be better descriptions. Looks like you can make to the wall from the west if oak creek is closed.

Thanks for the info.
tornado

climber
lawrence kansas
Oct 4, 2013 - 09:41pm PT
I can tell you have not ventured into these canyons or spent much time in Red Rock. Have Fun!!!
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Oct 4, 2013 - 09:47pm PT
Wear pants!
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Oct 4, 2013 - 09:53pm PT
There's a 4wd road that goes from the highway to Pahrump (160)to a gate at Willow Spring.

Went in that way to Bridge Mt about 10 years ago and there were no gates that I remember from the 160 side.

Lot's to explore back there, but be prepared to walk a while.
WML

climber
Edge of the Electric Ocean Beneath Red Rock
Oct 5, 2013 - 02:56am PT
If you study the map, it looks pretty gnarly to get to the top of that thing via the backside. Your best bet given the current governmental ineptitude would be to hike in via the Oak Creek pullout on 159, which eventually joins up with the trail to Juniper. If you are hellbent on going that way, enjoy an adventure.

Hope this helps.
Rock!...oopsie.

Trad climber
the pitch above you
Oct 5, 2013 - 10:10am PT
I've hiked over the backside to get into Icebox and it was pretty trivial there, but the road jogs far away from where you want to be between icebox and the rainbow wall area. My guess is it would be a burly hike for the payoff. Like others said, don't bother.
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Oct 5, 2013 - 11:45am PT
I too noticed that road on the map and wondered what access would be like that way. Often, seeing what looks like a road on the map doesn't actually get you a real road. There's one up here I wanted to get on but that just disappears in real life. It would be worth a "rest day" recon for sure, maybe take a Mt Bike as you can often cover a lot of ground that way. I wouldn't get my hopes up too high, cause the locals should have explored that already and it would have leaked out most likely if it was do-able.

But if you wanted to climb it, as others have said above: I'd be tempted to hike in from the Oak Springs parking right off the main highway.
Murzerker

Social climber
Land of Goats and Tacos
Oct 5, 2013 - 03:23pm PT
Wear Pants, and enjoy the views.

http://www.hikinglasvegas.com/Rainwall.pdf
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