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One of the most popular cliffs in the upper gorge. It is tall, shady and has excellent rock quality. Actually it is so popular because of one climb...Gorgeous. However, most of the climbs are high quality and worth doing. When you park your car, look straight off the edge of the parking area and you will be facing the Gorgeous Towers.
From the bottom of the upper approach, follow the main trail south down the gorge, past the trestle, around the corner, over a log and a bridge, through the wet rocky nettle patch, through the talus straight to the tower.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Gorgeous Towers:
Pippy the Zenhead 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Giveaway 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Sport
Dihedral Crack 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Sport, 90'
Gorgeous 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Wacked Scenario 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Sport
The-Aretical 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
C'mon Knucko 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Knucko's Pride of the North 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Gorge and Purge 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Sport
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Gorgeous 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : Gorgeous Towers
This is the beautiful and prominent arete of the tower. It is tricky and sustained right from the start. A stick clip is a good idea if you're not solid in the grade (or even if you are). The rock is slick and somewhat polished making the small footholds tricky. Figuring out when to switch sides of the arete is important. At the 6th bolt things ease a bit leading to the spicey but easy run to the anchors. A definite must do classic....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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