Monolith, The Back Door photo by Tom Slater slater...
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.
Weather station 0.3 miles from here
24 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',18],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Monolith
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Monolith:
Foreplay 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Lardbutt 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport, 1 pitch, 45'
Featured Route For Monolith
Foreplay 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c CA
: Central Coast
: ... : Monolith
This is a steep climb, described in the guidebook as "spectacular" which certainly draws the eye. It seems to climb steeper than it looks.Ascend a slightly-overhanging face past 8 bolts. The guidebook notes it was originally climbed without the first bolt....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
BETA PHOTO: Monolith up close. The yellow dashes mark P.O.D, ...