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Motherlode Rock 


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Elevation: 7,500'
Location: 34.3088, -116.8782 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, Adam Stackhouse, M.Morley, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: C Miller on Jun 29, 2006
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Description 

Bordering the northern edge of the main Pinnacles is this farily long and slender formation with a good variety of routes on almost all of it's sides.

The east face is shorter and slabbier and is home to such fun routes as Shantytown Swing (5.6), Wildrose (5.6), Golden Nugget (5.10a) and Out of Our Mines (5.10d).

The narrow north face features the popular Whiptail (5.9), Powder Keg (5.10a) and Short Fuse (5.10b).

Perhaps the best side of the crag, the taller west face has such gems as Panning For Gold (5.10b), Mighty Quinn (5.10c), Stake Your Claim (5.10d) and Long Arm Of The Law (5.11a).


Getting There 

Most easily approached from the northern parking area by walking east past the Incinerator Wall, at which point the wall comes into view and is obvious. The approach takes about 2-3 minutes and follows a well-defined trail.

Also reached from the vicinity of the Ampitheatre (Claim Jumper Wall, Gunsmoke Wall, Thunderbird Wall) by following any of several trails northeast to reach the formation. Plan on 3-5 minutes for this approach.


31 Total Routes


['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',19],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',8],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',4],['5.10',13],['5.11',5],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',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 Motherlode Rock:
Psychedelic Sluice   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Motherlode Rock - East Face
Fun Police   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Motherlode Rock - North Fac...
Whiptail   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Motherlode Rock - North Fac...
Powder Keg   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Motherlode Rock - North Fac...
Fire in the Hole   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Motherlode Rock - East Face
Golden Nugget   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Motherlode Rock - East Face
Lodestone   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Motherlode Rock - East Face
Panning for Gold   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Motherlode Rock - West Face
Nitroglycerine   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Motherlode Rock - North Fac...
Reach for the Sky   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Motherlode Rock - West Face
Mighty Quinn   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Motherlode Rock - West Face
Out of Our Mines   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Motherlode Rock - East Face
Good Day for a Hangin'   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Motherlode Rock - West Face
Stake Your Claim   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Motherlode Rock - West Face
Long Arm of The Law   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Motherlode Rock - West Face
Black Bart   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Motherlode Rock - East Face
Motherlode   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Motherlode Rock - East Face
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Featured Route For Motherlode Rock
Obi deciding whether to clip in or backflip.

Whiptail 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a  CA : San Bernardino Mountains : ... : Motherlode Rock - North Fac...
The right side of Motherlode Rock's north face is home to this fine route up the striking northwest arete, which from the west looks like the head of a giant lizard.Start in a shallow right-facing corner around and right from Smackdown and climb up and slightly left to a stance atop a pillar. Above the pillar the climb goes slightly right to gain the arete proper which goes slabby after a few moves and leads to the base of a short headwall. The next moves are the crux and involve moving off ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Lizard's Head on the North West corner of Motherload Rock.  Whiptail (5.9) climbs the north (back side in this pic) side and the final move ends with an arm lock in the lizard's mouth to clip the anchors.
Lizard's Head on the North West corner of Motherlo...
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