Access Issue: June Voluntary Climbing Closure and Seasonal Raptor Closure Details

Description

These are the routes you can see from the parking lot. They are all accessed by the west face approach and encompass all routes from the NE shoulder on the left to the large leaning pillar on top of the SW buttress (Durrance pillar) on the right. The routes on the West face are some of the cleanest and most accessible routes on the tower. Ultra-classics include Carol's crack, McCarthy's west face, El Matador, Tugley Wood, and many more. As with the other sides of the tower, the "good" climbing is on the lower 2/3 with easy bolted rappels before the less appealing rock. Most routes will require a two-rope descent.

Getting There

Leave the main trail shortly after the trail starts heading south parallel to the tower, at the same place the Durrance approach leaves the trail. Hike up the boulderfield to the base of the tower. Locate the obvious stem box with two five-foot wide dihedrals facing each other for 150' and a ledge at the end of the left pillar (El Matador). Most west face routes are left of here. Right of El Matador, see Durrance Approach. Sparse poison ivy is often encountered on the hike/scramble north to Carol's crack area.

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Classic Climbing Routes at West Face

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 87
Tulgey Wood
Trad 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 29
Fractal
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5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 85
McCarthy West Face (Variant)
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5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 100
One Way Sunset
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5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 179
El Matador
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5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 18
Spank The Monkey
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5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 43
Carol's Crack
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5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 62
Mr. Clean
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5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 27
McCarthy West Face/Hong
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5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 13
California Dreaming
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5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 15
Bloodguard
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5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 12
A Bridge Too Far
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5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 10
Digital Extraction
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5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 16
Deli Express
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5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 6
Brokedown Palace
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Tulgey Wood
 87
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 3 pitches
Fractal
 29
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
McCarthy West Face (Variant)
 85
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
One Way Sunset
 100
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad 4 pitches
El Matador
 179
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad 5 pitches
Spank The Monkey
 18
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Carol's Crack
 43
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 3 pitches
Mr. Clean
 62
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 3 pitches
McCarthy West Face/Hong
 27
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad 2 pitches
California Dreaming
 13
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Bloodguard
 15
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
A Bridge Too Far
 12
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad
Digital Extraction
 10
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad 3 pitches
Deli Express
 16
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad 3 pitches
Brokedown Palace
 6
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad 4 pitches
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1Eric Rhicard
Tucson
1Eric Rhicard   Tucson
In August of 1999 with his blessing I did a couple first ascents of routes that Dingus McGee had bolted but had not been able to climb. One of them is the bolt line up the arete just right of One Way Sunset. Dave Larsen, Dean Brault and I rated it 5.12 and called it Astro Glide. Has anyone else done this route? How hard did you think it was? I will add them to the list soon. The second is the bolted dihedral above Buckspeck. This one Dean Brault and I rated 5.12- and called it Team Ropin'. This one is on the north face as I recall. Same questions about this route. Feb 28, 2006
I have looked at both routes mentioned, but didn't try them due to the quality of the bolts. Team Ropin' looks rad, we rapped over it after doing the 'stepping out of flatland'(was going to t/r it, but ran outta time);('flatland' also crappy bolts). It would be a great community service to replace those bolts w/ good ones. (buckspeck, team ropin', steppin over, and astroglide all need new hardware, among others, second pitch of soler eclipse aswell) Permits are easy to get although w/ a hand drill the replacement might take forever. Was up there in august and october '06. 5.12 looks about right though.
(toms brother pat) Nov 9, 2006
Will Buckman
Devils Tower
Will Buckman   Devils Tower
Just a heads up, the 2014 Falcon closure for the west face of Devils Tower is over. Come enjoy the shady side and some sweet cracks!
Thank you climbers for abiding by the closure and allowing a pair of nesting peregrine falcons to successfully fledge two chicks. Those chicks are becoming skilled aviators and are out eating pigeons daily.

There will be an official announcement sent out on Monday.

Cheers,
W. Aug 2, 2014