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',2],['3 Stars',17],['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
Cataract Corner 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a CA
: Central Coast
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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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BETA PHOTO: Monolith up close. The yellow dashes mark P.O.D, ...