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BETA PHOTO: Tahquitz Rock overview.


This is the lowest angle face of Tahquitz Rock. It offers a mix of routes up to about six pitches in length. There are easy routes that follow long crack systems, and are mostly quite well protected. Some newer routes follow the slabs between crack systems. The rock on the lower part of this face is fairly good, but the upper part is rather loose. Itís best to avoid climbing below another party on this face. The longer routes finish on the Northeast shoulder of the rock. Climb up from there on third class rock until you reach hiking terrain at a saddle southeast of the summit. From here, the shortest way back to the base of the face is the North Gully (3rd class). You can also take the trail from the saddle, going clockwise to Lunch Rock, and then continuing along the base of the rock to the North Face.

During the summer, this face gets sun much of the day. In the Spring and Summer, it gets a lot of shade.

Getting There 

Take the North Face trail to the base, or take the main trail to Lunch Rock and traverse left along the base of the rock.

11 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for North Face:
West Lark   5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a     Trad, 5 pitches, 600'   
Northeast Face West   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, 5 pitches, 600'   
Hard Lark   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 5 pitches, 600'   
El Whampo   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   
Coup de Grace   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Trad, 4 pitches, 300'   
Grace Slick   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   
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Topo of Elegant Arch.

Elegant Arch 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b  CA : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : ... : North Face
This route follows the large obviouse arching overlaps, that make up the top 3rd of The North Face, ending at Who Dunnit. Most of the route is 5.8 or easier. Crux pitch 5.10+, is the Distinguishable and Elegant, Giant Arching Right Facing Dihedral. Between upper section of, Lip up Fatty and Sahara Terror. This Climb was an Envision 6 years in the making. Trying to piece together the puzzle and make the pieces flow together, Definitely makes for an Excellent Adventure!!! ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Nathan Fitzhugh at the start of El Grandote. Does not appear to get much traffic but is a fun climb.
Nathan Fitzhugh at the start of El Grandote. Does ...
After some balancy face moves off the belay, Nathan Fitzhugh on the fun liebacks of the second pitch of El Grandote.
After some balancy face moves off the belay, Natha...
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