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Northwest Recess 

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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.

Getting There 

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.

15 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Northwest Recess:
The Error   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, 6 pitches, 800'   
Sahara Terror   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 6 pitches, 700'   
The Swallow   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 6 pitches, 800'   
Wong Climb   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
The Long Climb   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 6 pitches, 600'   
Whodunit   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 8 pitches, 800'   
The Consolation   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 6 pitches, 800'   
Snakes on Everything   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   
Farewell Horizontal   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   
Edgehogs   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, 7 pitches, 800'   
The Souvenir   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b R     Trad, 7 pitches, 1000'   
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The Consolation 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a  CA : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : ... : Northwest Recess
This is another excellent long crack route on the shadiest wall at Tahquitz. Route-finding is quite easy. Much of the climbing is hand-jamming. Pitch 2 (5.8) has an overhang with a few nice moves. The crux third pitch has a 12 foot long, slightly overhanging jam crack, and then a short overhang with a weird exit move. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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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.