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Jailhouse Rock

Grade Trad Mixed Sport Total
5.8 12 - - 12

Directions to Jailhouse Rock

This wall is in property owned by USFS. Be respectful.
Drive down Tunnel Ridge Road until it ends in a large parking area. Park and walk back up the road to a gate blocking the old road. Walk past the gate and follow the gravel road for about a mile until you see an old 4WD road on your left (which is now blocked off). From the end of this road is a trail that leads to a view of Star Gap Arch. Follow the trail past a rocky notch and continue along the ridge for another half mile. When you see the obvious orange buttress of Jailhouse Rock ahead and to the right, hike for another five minutes or so and look for an faint trail down to the wall on your right. Hike down the steep trail and head left (right if you're facing the wall) to the majority of the routes.

Wall Sun: Morning

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Route Spray Name Type Grade Quality User Stars Length Picture


At Death's Door Trad 5.10b
3.00  (1) 60ft  


Trial by Fire Trad 5.10c
4.00  (1) 120ft  


The Unknown Corner Trad 5.11a


Petty Theft Trad 5.10d
4.00  (2) 30ft


Sinister Path Trad 5.8+
3.00  (3) 75ft  


Hung Jury Trad 5.8
3.67  (3) 120ft


Mole Vision Trad 5.8


Boss Hogs Hole Trad 5.9+
3.00  (4) 50ft


Capital Punishment Trad 5.10b
3.83  (6) 50ft


Suspended Sentence Trad 5.6
1.75  (4) 120ft


Hard Labor Trad 5.10a
5.00  (1) 120ft


Failure to Communicate Trad 5.8
1.00  (1) 60ft  


Sunshine said on May 7th, 2004
Sucks stars.
512OW said on December 5th, 2005
Theres an easier approach from below...
Ascentionist said on February 1st, 2006
Diamond shaped buttress GPS: 37.8343°N, 83.6954°W
JR said on March 10th, 2011
Go back and get it yourself you silly rabbit!!!
caribe said on July 6th, 2014
Failure to Communicate is at Ascentionist's gps Coords (37.8343, -83.6954).
Anonymous said on January 10th, 2020
Any reason you can't just bushwhack for 1/4 mile from Star Gap road instead of the 2+ mile approach from Tunnel Ridge road?
Anonymous said on January 10th, 2020
Two miles on a road is pretty brief, and doesn’t create erosion and unsightly user defined trails that bushwacks can. Plus, hills and bullies in that 1/4 mile.
Anonymous said on January 10th, 2020
Hiking up from Star Gap Road is a much easier and shorter approach
Anonymous said on January 10th, 2020
I understand bushwacking where there's no trail, but in this case we already have a road. LEAVE NO TRACE Principle 2: Travel & Camp on Durable Surfaces. "Concentrating travel on trails reduces the likelihood that multiple routes will develop and scar the landscape. It is better to have one well-designed route than many poorly chosen paths. Trail use is recommended whenever possible. Encourage travelers to stay within the width of the trail and not shortcut trail switchbacks (trail zigzags that climb hillsides)."