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L to R R to L Alpha
Angstrom's Away S 
Long and The Short of It, The T 
Nipple Jam T 
Pastie T 
Pickpocket S 
Plumber's Crack, The T 
Rat Face TR 
Rat Race T 
Thrill Hammer T,S 
Wee Little One S 

Tourist Trap Rock Climbing 

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Location: 36.47809, -121.18544 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Aron Quiter, andy patterson, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: M.Morley on Nov 23, 2007  with updates from Nicole BI


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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.

Route Index:

Pickpocket - 5.11b
Angstrom's Away - 5.10a
Wee Little One - 5.8
Rat Face - 5.10+ (TR)
Rat Race - 5.7
Happily Married Bachelor - 5.9
Thrill Hammer - 5.8+
Nipple Jam - 5.8

Getting There 

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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.4 miles from here

10 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Tourist Trap

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Tourist Trap:
Rat Race   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Thrill Hammer   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Rat Face   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     TR, 1 pitch   
Pickpocket   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport   
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Featured Route For Tourist Trap
Rock Climbing Photo: 10-April-2010: Me below the roof

Rat Race 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 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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