Elephant Rock - East Rock Climbing
A distant shot of Elephant Rock taken from the top...
The primarily east facing portion of Elephant Rock is the most popular and most populated section of the formation. With two of the most classic lines at the City, and basically no approach, its no surprise why its difficult to be alone here.
Crack lines, face climbs, and barely featured slabs are the lure. Mostly moderate, the east face of Elephant Rock will not disappoint. Understand this is a heavily traveled area, please respect other visiting climbers by being courteous of your time and theirs.
A traditional feel still holds strong with the east face of Elephant Rock, there are a few fixed anchors, be expected to build your own anchor on top for nearly all routes. Climbers are encouraged to use designated rappel anchors or use the 3rd class scramble/down-climb on the northwest end. A 70 meter rope is strongly advised and very helpful for the taller routes of the east face. A 60 meter rope will get you down from the anchors of Just Say No, but just barely, so watch your ends and expect a little down-climbing if this is all you have.
Morning sun / Afternoon shade.
Take Emery Canyon Road north until you reach the remarkable and unmistakable Elephant Rock. Park at the pullout and follow the well formed trail to the base. Be mindful not to block the gate on the right of the lot.
Weather station 15.6 miles from here
10 Total Climbing Routes
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Classic Climbing Routes in Elephant Rock - East
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Elephant Rock - East:
Wheat Thin 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Rye Crisp 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Sinsemilla 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
X Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Just Say No 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
PG13 Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Tres Amigos 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Featured Route For Elephant Rock - East
Columbian Crack 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b ID
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Aaahh, the good stuff! This crack is good, and long! On the east side of Elephant Rock is the fence marking private property. Forty feet past the fence is a large boulder which forms a chimney with the face. There is a nice hand crack coming down into this chimney but not all the way to the ground. This is the Columbian Crack.Start up the chimney toward the crack. A good option for protecting this start is to go around to the east side of the boulder before you start up and toss yo...[more] Browse More Classics in ID