This buttress has the longest routes at Tahquitz, as they go from the lowest point on the rock to the summit.
The base of the buttress is quite rounded, and may not be obvious. If you are hiking from Lunch Rock, you will go along the Northwest Recess, then turn left and drop down quite a ways. As soon as you can start hiking across again, you are at the North Buttress. Past here, the trail along the base of the rock is level or a bit uphill, and the angle of the rock above is noticeably lower. From the top of the rock, scramble (Class 2/3) southeast to the saddle, and then take the trail clockwise all the way around the rock.
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The Uneventful 5.5 Trad, 7 pitches, 900 feet
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The Uneventful 5.5 CA : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : ... : The North Buttress
This is the longest route at Tahquitz, starting at the lowest point and finishing on the summit. There is quite a lot of nice climbing along the way. Follow the left of the two shallow ridges that make up the base of the North Buttress, going up crack systems that gradually get more difficult (to about 5.4) as they change into a left-facing corner system. After four or five pitches from the ground, this leads to a series of broken ledges with two large trees. The upper tree has a “J” shape n...[more] Browse More Classics in CA