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Rotten Rock Valley, notwithstanding the name, is actually a great location with many, many fun routes on typically high-quality rock with sweeping views from atop many of the numerous pinnacles in the area. Crack and face climbs are in abundance and lots of bouldering exists as well.
The recommended approach is via the summit trail passing The Bong (aka 2001) along it's south edge and and head west skirting rock and brush then head south through rocks passing The Tub as you drop down into the eastern edge of Rotten Rock Valley passing Champagne Rock which is the first formation encountered in Rotten Rock Valley proper.
17 Total Routes
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Rotten Rock Valley:
Welcome to the Wickerfinny Wildlife Adventure 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 60' Upper Buttresses : Rotten Rock Spire
Cut the Crap, get Real Sweetheart 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 50' Wall of Buttresses : Lower Buttresses
Featured Route For Rotten Rock Valley
This short climb with a long name takes a direct line up a less-than-vertical face using edges, crimps and smears and features a sizeable runout between the 4th and 5th bolt which will grab your attention. The bolting on this could be better but the good rock and fun moves make up for this and in the end make it more memorable than "just another clip-up", that and the funny name. ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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