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As the name might imply, Tourist Trap is a popular area not only with climbers but also with the passers by. It lies right off the main "Moses Springs" trail, a mere 5-minute walk from the parking area. There are a half-dozen or so moderate routes. The most popular is Rat Race, an improbable 5.7 that surmounts an intimidating roof. A single rope is sufficient to climb and descend all routes.
Park at the upper lot on the East Side (the road terminus past the visitor center). From here, hike up the "Moses Springs" trail for a short ways, perhaps 5 minutes, looking for a signed "Climber Access" post on the right.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Tourist Trap:
Rat Race 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Thrill Hammer 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Rat Face 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b TR, 1 pitch
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Rat Race 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b CA : Central Coast : ... : Tourist Trap
Head up a crack, pass a tree into a left-facing corner beneath a big roof. Place a couple of pieces in the lip, then reach up to the hidden hold and stem over the roof. Jamming skills useful here. The roof looks hard but is actually not so bad if you get the sequence right. Bolt anchor at the top with rings....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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