Ascent of Rainbow Wall on 2018-10-24

Climber: Jerry Thomas

Others in Party:Cheryl Thomas
Date:Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Rainbow Wall
    Elevation:6924 ft / 2110 m

Ascent Trip Report

This may be the shortest route to the summit of Rainbow Wall, however, it may not be the easiest. The trailhead is the Oak Creek Parking Lot which is the last parking lot on the scenic loop in the Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area near Las Vegas. The trails into Juniper Canyon can be confusing, there are plenty of them to choose from. Eventually you want to be on the main access trail which is on the north side of the canyon. It is cairned up through very large boulders then up a gully onto a dirt trail around a mound. There is a large cairn near the junction of the trail up to Juniper Peak and the trail up to Rainbow Wall. Take the left trail to go to Rainbow Wall. It Is hard to follow the cairns in here but eventually you will reach the bottom of Gunsight Notch. At this point is the class 4 up climb. When we reached this point and there was a rope to go up the 12 feet of class 4 climbing. It wasn't hard with a rope. Without one you could probably stem up with little difficulty. A little further up there is a small rabbit hole to negotiate. Then at the top of the notch you must climb up through a very narrow slot. From the top of the notch you have to follow the track until you reach the steep slabs which are very well cairned.
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Cheryl nears the bottom of Gunsight Notch in Juniper Canyon (2018-10-24). Photo by Jerry Thomas.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3414 ft / 1039 m
    Extra Gain:190 ft / 57 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.2 mi / 13.2 km
    Route:Gunsight Notch
    Trailhead:Oak Creek Parking Lot  3890 ft / 1185 m
    Grade/Class:class 4
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 53 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:5 Hours 5 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jerry Thomas
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Note: GPS Tracks may not be accurate, and may not show the best route. Do not follow this route blindly. Conditions change frequently. Use of a GPS unit in the outdoors, even with a pre-loaded track, is no substitute for experience and good judgment. accepts NO responsibility or liability from use of this data.

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Other Photos

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Jerry poses in front of Rainbow Wall (on left) (2018-10-24). Photo by Jerry Thomas.
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