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The Reflector Oven
About The Reflector Oven:
One of the premier areas on Old Rag. Quite popular on sunny winter days, even when there is snow, due to its east-facing aspect. The uberclassic splitter crack Strawberry Fields can be found here. Note that the routes left of Loki lose the sun after 1PM or so.
The Upper Terrace can be reached by a traverse south off the climber's trail (Bushwhack Trail) above the spur going to the base of the cliff. Routes here are denoted by UT before the name.
The routes are numbered as they are approached from the climber's trail (roughly north to south).
|Approach:||Approach via the Ridge Trail: From the nice level section of the Ridge Trail at the far East end of the summit ridge just after the long scrambling ascent, quite close to where the trail turns from NE/SW to E/W, locate a 10ft-tall stout dead tree on the Right, right next to the trail. This is a good 1/3 mile/15 mins hiking East of the summit, before even reaching the relatively long bit of scrambling atop the PATC/Skyline Wall!!! The Bushwhack Trail begins immeadiately across from the dead tree - go South down a narrow steep climber's trail into a bowl which is pretty obvious when the trees aren't leafed in but invisible otherwise).
Approach via the Saddle Trail: Go all the way to the top of the mtn (2.8mi from Berry Hollow parking) and continue on; after a bit of descending, scramble along the trail atop the PATC/Skyline Wall. Then, after a 50ft rocky scrambly descent the trail becomes level, and the 10ft-tall stout dead tree can be located on the Left, next to the trail. This point is some 15 mins (500yds) east of the summit!!!
The Bushwhack Trail begins immeadiately across from the dead tree, heading South steeply downhill into a bowl, and then curves back East.
The cliff can be seen off to the Right - turn Right (S) onto a spur trail that crosses a talus slope and traverse along the bottom of the cliff, going through a big tunnel formed by a large slab leaning against the cliff. Strawberry Fields is the most obvious crack in approximately the middle of the wall beyond the tunnel.
NOTE: the start of the climber's trail down is easy to miss by late spring due to the foliage - it begins directly across the Ridge Trail from the 10ft-tall standing trunk of a large dead tree. Watch out for the nettles on the way down during the summer!
|Approach Time:||2 hrs.|
|Type of Climbing:||Trad|
|Sun Aspect:||Morning Sun|