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