BETA PHOTO: The Eastern Front at Table Mountain. Most top anc...
The Eastern Front is a new section of Table mountain, located 100 yard left of the grotto area. Routes appear to be in the 5.9 - 5.10 range, and all routes will see afternoon sun.
Approach time: 15 - 20 minutes.
From the point where Shell Road turns to dirt, the trailhead to The Welcome Wall, The Pit, Cave Wall, Ort Wall and Mid Wall is 1.2 miles further down road. There is a very steep turnaround on the left side of the road, but better parking can be had another few hundred yards past the trailhead. _BR_You'll know you're on the right trail when you see a telephone pole with the numbers 40 with an arrow to the left and 41 with an arrow to the right spray-painted on it just to the right of the trail (its about 25 yards from the road, and you won't be able to tell until you get closer). _BR_Once you're on the correct trail, it gets pretty simple. Follow the trail (watch out for poison oak) until it reaches a large talus field. Continue diagnally up and left as you're looking uphill on the talus, and soon you'll be beneath the Welcome Wall.
From the Welcome Wall, simply continue left and down another 2 minutes on the trail. You'll go down a steep trail between some rocks, and you fill find the Ort Wall on your left, The Grotto to the right, and The Cave Routes ahead and left.
Continue past the Grotto uphill and you will see another section of columns on the right, with bolts 70 feet or so off the ground above the columns.
An alternative approach heads around the Grotto to the left from the Welcome Wall, and heads around the large mound that makes up The Ort Wall. You will only be able to see the higher sections of The Grotto, and continue right until you see bolts high in the sky above the columns of the Eastern Front.Continue past until the mound ends, and then head towards the bolts.
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Eastern Front:
I think this crag has a lot of potentials and deserves more attention. It's a bit dirty but climbing is fun. There was a huge mob of climbers baking in the sun at The Grotto while we had the whole shaded crag to ourselves.