BETA PHOTO: The backside of Table Mountain from Highway 108 on...
Way way back, on the back of the table there are four climbingareas. This is the first one you come to.All sport, climbing is moderately tough, mostly in the higher5.10 - low 5.11 range. You'll probably want to continue on theeither the Senior Wall or Fort Apache for a warmup. If this is your warmup range, you probably want to climb somewhere else, because there aren't too many routes more difficult than 5.11b in the back.
This rock holds many typical slightly-overhung-in-sections Table Mountain climbs, with excellent jugs and visual overload that will make any route you haven't done before seem quite hard,as there are loads of hidden holds.
Due to the longer approach, it is obvious that these areas aren'tvisited quite as often as the front areas, though for 5.10 climbers, this back is where you want to be.
This and all the other back areas are in the sun in the midday,and see shade in the morning and late afternoon.
WATCH OUT FOR POISON OAK. It's even on the rock itself back here.All routes off this wall require you to rappell or lower off thetop anchors.
Approach time: 40 - 60 minutes
From the second gate (in your car). Park immediately after thesecond gate, and you will see two white gates. One is straightahead, and one is to the left. You want to take the gate on theleft, which is always locked. This leads you onto a wide fairlyunused service trail that gently climbs uphill. this routeuuphill, following the brown trail signs with arrows on them.
After about 1/4 of a mile, you will notice a smaller trail thatheads to the left, which you should take. Going straight leadsyou to the fissures. Following this narrow trail uphill andaround overgrown everything, WATCH OUT FOR POISON OAK. This willhead to less gently uphill switchbacks, which take you to the topof the mountain rather quickly.
Once at the top, you will find yourself in a huge upen area,which is quite georgeous, but WATCH OUT FOR SNAKES. You will see3 small oak trees in the distance a little right from the ridge,which you should head towards. There is no large trail headingover there, and there probably won't be anytime soon. Head tothe left tree, and you will find the STEEP downtrail heading leftoff the top about 20 yards from the leftmost (easternmost) tree.
This sketchy trail is covered in poision oak, and will go eastand away from the edge for a while, for a while, and then willhead back to the right and towards the cliff.
The first bolted rock you see on the right is the Far Side.