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Monolith Rock Climbing 

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Monolith (historically known as Vasquez's Monolith) has some of the best climbing the Eastern District has to offer. Steep and solid (generally). It also has some of the hardest sport climbs in the Monument.

Getting There 

Follow the Reservoir trail from the Southern (left) end of Discovery Wall. The largest "boulder" in the jumble of rocks in the canyon floor is the Monolith. The trail is well marked Monument style of trail.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.3 miles from here

24 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',17],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Monolith

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Monolith:
Direct Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b X     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Regular Route   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 130'   
Subterranean Tango   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Cantaloupe Death   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Hard Variation   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Rocket in my pocket   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Hawaiian Noises   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Post Orgasmic Depression   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Foreplay   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Feed the Beast   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
The Black Dagger   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Miscegenation   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Cantaloupe Death Direct   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Cataract Corner   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Future Shock   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Hot Lava Lucy   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Ranger Bolts (aka Move over Rover)   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Lardbutt   5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Cataract Corner

Cataract Corner 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a  CA : Central Coast : ... : Monolith
This is the obvious bolted arete that soars up above and to the right of the North Face routes on the Monolith. It involves intricate and sustained 5.11 sequences to a rest below a great crux boulder problem on the arete, involving creative heelhooking and some long spans. It might be easier for taller climbers. The runouts above the crux are very manageable. A bit soft for the grade, but very involved. A must do!...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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