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Animal Crackers Wall

Grade Trad Mixed Sport Total
5.8 1 - 6 7

Directions to Animal Crackers Wall

Muir Valley
This wall is in property owned by Muir Valley. Be respectful.
The approach trail for this wall is just opposite of the trail for The Hideout off the main road and is marked by a sign. Walk across a stream then continue up through a couple of switchbacks. When the trail forks take the left fork and follow around the cliff until you reach a small slabby wall with several bolted lines. To reach 24 Hour Bug and Much Ado about Nothing continue walking past the main wall. If you reach an overhanging wall with several bolted lines you've walked too far.

Wall Sun: Unknown

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Route Spray Name Type Grade Quality User Stars Length Picture


Panda Bear Sport 5.8
2.69  (51) 45ft  


Sam Sport 5.10b
3.53  (75) 45ft  


Rikki Tikki Tavi Sport 5.8
3.05  (61) 50ft


Harvey Sport 5.7
2.99  (69) 80ft  


Casey Sport 5.8
3.16  (64) 75ft  


24 Hour Bug Trad 5.8
2.91  (11) 45ft


Much Ado About Nothing Sport 5.11c
2.57  (7) 45ft


TIT said on September 9th, 2007
Great wall to learn slab techniques. All the climbs are really fun with a beautiful view at the top.
Steve said on October 1st, 2007
Dear Muir Valley Route Developers and Trail Crew, Thank you sooooo much for the wonderful park bench below the Animal Crackers Wall. After that long hike in it was such a welcome respite, though I did find it really tough to belay backwards while sitting down. They just don't teach that at my local rock gym. Why didn't you build the bench facing the wall? Yours in climbing, Steve
anticlmber said on November 26th, 2007
if you're planning your first trip to HP40 you should check these routes out to see what your in for.
lotus said on December 2nd, 2007
Gymbie Steve, maybe they built the bench facing the other way because you shouldnt sit down while belaying..........
anticlmber said on December 2nd, 2007
hey lotus, we talk nice to others so we don't seem like pricks.
Meringue said on March 7th, 2008
easy, fun learner, especially if you're looking for mid morning to afternoon sun
kidney_dave said on May 27th, 2008
this wall is a grid-bolted pile of choss...if you want to learn good slab technique, go to slab city, chica bonita, or wall of denial...
pigsteak said on May 28th, 2008
kidney dave, I looked @ your spray list. you have not climbed enough routes, period, to make this asessment. plus, you have ticked two routes at chica and two routes at slab city, and zero routes at animal crakers....whatsa matter, slab climbing gotcha down? (btw, just making a play on your flaming of another person for giving feedback.)
512OW said on May 28th, 2008
Wall of Denial has slab climbs??
Yasmeen said on May 28th, 2008
Did you really experience chossy rock at Animal Crackers? The two routes I climbed there didn't break at all. Also, the routes there are no more grid bolted than at any other crag at the Red. Would you have made the same comment about this wall if the grades were over 5.11, or is this just an attempt at boosting ego by slamming easy routes?
BMT said on June 2nd, 2008
I havee to agree with KB we were climb next to each other and i could have reached over and touched him (he likes it like that) these felt like they were bolted bacause someone was bored on a rest day.
512OW said on June 2nd, 2008
Hmmm.... you need to make it to more walls in the Red. Welcome to sport climbing.
kidney_dave said on June 11th, 2008
hey piggie my bad for not keeping a thorough running tick does need to be filled out...i really enjoy slab, and am not too bad it...using choss was a bad choice of wording..i just thought the climbing was very uninteresting and not high quality like brown-eyed girl, return to balance, thrillbilles, nice to know you, children of the earth, baby blue eyes, that's what she said, etc...oh and i forgot to add yellow brick road, probably the coolest slab in the i wouldnt have said it was cooler if the grades were harder...i think the slabs @ roadside are great, and they all come in under 10a....
Yasmeen said on June 11th, 2008
But, most (if not all, I didn't check) of the routes you just listed by name are harder than the routes at Animal Crackers Wall. I think it's fairly common that you'll be more inspired by moves that are closer to your limit, so it makes sense that you thought the routes at Animal Crackers were uninteresting. For someone who hasn't been on anything harder than 5.7, though, they might be really cool. There are some routes I thought were fantastic as I was breaking into the grade that seem mediocre at best now. That, and I wanted to make you have to reply to this comment thread at least one more time. Take it!
MSMITH said on June 11th, 2008
Speaking of spray, you forgot the toprope part of wild yet tasty.
kidney_dave said on June 12th, 2008
yeah i hear ya yasi, but i still say that the slab @ roadside is great, and its below my current onsight ability...see...ya got me to reply at least one more time again.....sheeesshh...oh and msmith shut up...terd....
redwards said on September 23rd, 2008
APPROACH Details: The approach trail to Animal Crackers is the same as, and marked with a signpost for, Boneyard and M.Surf. It's opposite from the approach trail to Hideout. A short way up the approach trail, the trail to Boneyard splits off hard to the right; if you continue straight past the Boneyard split you come to Animal Crackers in a very short distance. You can't miss it because there are two benches at the base of the climbs, one on each side of the trail.
Anonymous said on October 30th, 2009
how are the routes for a rainey day? Im assuming not great? some are slab...
pawilkes said on October 30th, 2009
the main wall will be wet in any rain. the first two routes listed *might* be dry but its highly unlikely
Anonymous said on March 23rd, 2010
what is the deal with getting permission, the website is no longer up and running?
MurphMan said on May 1st, 2017
Any idea what the route between Casey and 24 Hour Bug is? Looks like a really easy moderate that may continue as a mixed route, but only has 1 anchor.
Anonymous said on May 25th, 2020
Is it worth checking out for the slabs?