The Upper Bulge of Tahquitz, a large tooth-shaped section of rock starting midway up the rock, appears from afar as smooth and mostly featureless, and while not entirely true it's home to some of the more difficult, sustained and classic routes on Tahquitz. While routes on the Upper Bulge are shorter in nature, averaging 3 to 4 pitches in length, the exposed nature of the climbing gives an exposed feeling not found on many of the other routes at Tahquitz.
Routes on the Upper Bulge can be approached by any of several different methods:
See the individual route descriptions for more detailed approach information.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Upper Bulge Routes:
The Step 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, 3 pitches, 600'
Super Pooper 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad, 4 pitches, 500'
The Price of Fear 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
The Vampire 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, 4 pitches, 400'
The Flakes 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad, 4 pitches, 500'
The Crucifix 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, 1 pitch
Field of Dreams 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
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The Vampire 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c CA : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : ... : Upper Bulge Routes
The ultimate SoCal classic which takes pride of place on Tahquitz Rock - winding its way up the center of the West Face Bulge.P1) The Bat Crack, 5.11a. From the ledge drop down and into the crack, initially a lieback then finesse requirements begin to kick-in culminating with a tough move past a bolt - don't relax though, an energetic mantle is required to gain the belay ledge up to the left and bolts. This pitch can also be climbed direct from lower down.P2) 5.11a. Thin and steep leftwards to t...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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