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The Southwest Face is slightly shorter and less steep than the South Face with several moderate cracks and a couple of sport routes. Morning shade and then sun until fairly late in the day.
Hike west along the base past the South Face until you reach this portion of Castle Rock.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Castle Rock - Southwest Face:
The Sphynx 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
The Turret 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 90'
Ball and Chain 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
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Cryptology 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b CA : San Bernardino Mountains : ... : Castle Rock - Southwest Fac...
Make sure your belayer is anchored (a large block at the base can be slung for an anchor) then stem across the chasm to reach the first bolt. Fun climbing up plated face leads to the midway point where the rock changes character and becomes less featured to a crux at the 5th bolt. Higher make a delicate traverse left to gain a good horizontal and progressively larger holds to the top.The climbing on this route is very reminiscent of Joshua Tree with it's delicate friction moves and tricky sequen...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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