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Monkey Face 


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Location: 44.37056, -121.14399 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Karsten on Jan 27, 2006
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Description 

This prominent tower is one the best known features at Smith rock. It's asthetic beauty is enhanced by the historical ascents and world famous routes on its clean faces. Monkey face still holds some of the hardest climbs in the world as well as a plethora of classic trad and sport lines. It's most famous route, Just Do It 5.14c is still a testpiece route for aspiring hardmen/women.

Other popular pastimes include making the tyrolean traverse from the main buttress to the monkey's mouth. This airy span is also often used for a spectacular high line walk.


Getting There 

To approach you can take the hiking trail in either direction once you cross the bridge. Heading north provides a steeper but shorter approach. The seldom taken southward, scenic approach is much further but has less elevation gain and takes you all the way around the formation. Many approach by hiking past the main dihedrals, doing the scramble over asterik pass, and continuing on climbing trails heading north.


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14 Total Routes


['4 Stars',9],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',2],['5.8',3],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',3],['5.12',2],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',1],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Monkey Face:
West Face (Aid)   Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c C1     Trad, Aid, 3 pitches, 400'   
East Face   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b C2     Trad, Aid, 3 pitches, 300'   
Pioneer Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b C0     Trad, Sport, Aid, 3 pitches, 250'   
Northwest Passage (Aid)   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b C2     Trad, Aid, 4 pitches, 350'   
West Face Variation Direct   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches   
West Face Variation   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C0     Trad, Aid, 5 pitches, 300'   
Monkey Off My Back   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Monkey Space   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 2 pitches, 100'   
Rising Expectations   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 44'   
Astro Monkey   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 6 pitches   
The North Face   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   
Spank the Monkey   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   
The Backbone   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 4 pitches, 400'   
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Photos of Monkey Face Slideshow Add Photo
Rapping off the monkey
Rapping off the monkey
The Monkey Face Highline on 11/24/07
The Monkey Face Highline on 11/24/07
Profile of the Monkey Face at 7:00 am on a summer day from the base of "No Pain, No Gain" on the NW Face of the Smith Rock Group. <br />
Profile of the Monkey Face at 7:00 am on a summer ...
Point of no return.
Point of no return.
Climbers at the pioneer route rap station.  Photo taken by Andrew Eck
Climbers at the pioneer route rap station. Photo ...
Jesse walking the line. He sent the monkey line on his fourth try. Nice job friend.
Jesse walking the line. He sent the monkey line on...
You can see tyrolean traverse set up from the Monkey Face the main cliff here.  An outdoor school of some sort had a large group here in the mouth making it slow going to do the last pitch.
You can see tyrolean traverse set up from the Monk...
Monkey Face Pinnacle, Smith Rocks.
Monkey Face Pinnacle, Smith Rocks.
Monkey line slacklining.
Monkey line slacklining.
Monkey Face
Monkey Face
monkey face topo
BETA PHOTO: monkey face topo
Monkey Face
Monkey Face
Rappel off the monkey face
Rappel off the monkey face
One of many timid students making the leap of faith.
One of many timid students making the leap of fait...
Leading up the bolt ladder on Monkey Face.
Leading up the bolt ladder on Monkey Face.
Me slacklining the monkey line.
Me slacklining the monkey line.
Rapping off the Monkey after doing the West Face to Pioneer
Rapping off the Monkey after doing the West Face t...
The monkey line before taping it off.
The monkey line before taping it off.
The Monkey.
The Monkey.
Someone making the traverse from the Monkey Face to the main land.
Someone making the traverse from the Monkey Face t...
 Jonathan Siegrist, climbing "Just Do It" 5.14c <br /> <br />Photo by Tyler Roeme
Jonathan Siegrist, climbing "Just Do It" 5.14c

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By Hank Caylor
Administrator
From: Golden, CO
May 17, 2007

Anybody know if BASE jumping the Monkey Face is legal in this park? How tall is it exactly as well? Would be great fun on rest days.

By rpc
May 18, 2007

Tallest aspect is the west face (river face) of the formation. I'd estimate that side to be in the low end of 300 foot range.

By Monomaniac
Administrator
From: Morrison, CO
May 22, 2007

The picnic lunch wall is much taller, but i don't know if its steep enough. Morning glory is a good 400 feet, plus prbably another 200 to the river? MG would definately be steep enough.

I bet the w face of the monkey is more like 400'. The north face route, which starts a full pitch above the ground, is a rope stretching 60m just to the west face cave. probably another 50 feet or more to the summit from there?

By rpc
May 22, 2007

Based on West Face aid line, P1 is probably about 120 feet. P2 all the way to the cave is less than 60 meters - say 190 feet. P3 to summit is (I would agree with you) probably no more than 50 feet. It seemed as though the floor of the west side cave protruded out a bit - I'd worry about clipping it on the way down. But then again, what do I know.

By corvegas
From: the depths of oregon
Aug 13, 2007

PLW not steep enough? ever been up bubbas in bondage?

By Peter Franzen
Administrator
From: Phoenix, AZ
May 6, 2009

For what it's worth:

The jumpers I that I was with said it was ~370ft from the exit to the ground. There's a great ledge on the west side of the summit to get a good running jump off of.