BETA PHOTO: Tahquitz Rock overview.
The Northwast Recess is located between the Maiden Buttress on the right and the North Buttress to the left. It can be seen from the parking area of Humbler park. The right-facing corner/dihedral that extends almost to the top is Whodunit (5.9).
Descent: Is either down the Friction Route or the North Gully.
Take the Climber Trail to Lunch Rock. From Lunch Rock head straight left for awhile then slightly down to get around the Maiden Buttress. After around the Maiden Buttress angle up and left. Looks up for the Whodunit Dihedral, it is not hard to miss.
Weather station 1.9 miles from here
15 Total Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Northwest Recess:
The Error 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, 6 pitches, 800'
The Swallow 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 6 pitches, 800'
Wong Climb 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Whodunit 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 8 pitches, 800'
Edgehogs 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, 7 pitches, 800'
The Souvenir 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
R Trad, 7 pitches, 1000'
Featured Route For Northwest Recess
Whodunit 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a CA
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While the guide quotes 8 pitches it can easily be condensed to 5 pitches. The cracks on this climb are stunning and very straight forward. There is quite a variety from low angle laybacking to hand cracks and eventually a chimney. A crux lies at the exit to a chimney where you get a bomber fist jam and have to work your feet up and get out of the top of the chimney. There is one bolted belay and all the rest are gear anchors. There are at least 2 good belay ledges. ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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BETA PHOTO: Northwest Recess
By Roger Linfield
Feb 24, 2006
An alternative descent (and the easiest one) is to scramble southeast to a saddle and then take a trail clockwise around the rock.