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Shared By: Dan Dewell on Sep 28, 2003
Admins: Andrew Gram, Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty
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Description

The "Nostril Cave" is a larger cave on the Northwest side of Mt. Baldy on the long stretches of granite ramps that work their way down hill. The cave consists of schist on the bottom portion and granite on the top-out. The climbing in this cave is burly and very friendly on the hands (minus Trogdor dyno). An excellent place to escape the heat during the summer!

Getting There

The easiest way to find the cave is to walk up the Western trail that branches off from the South Seas to Luthern Camp trail. This is an obvious trail, and makes accessing the Candylands and Ivory Heights easy. Follow the trail until you are a short distance from the base of Mt. Baldy. Cut across a short and shallow "valley" (it's hardly a valley, but a gully), and you will then find the long stretches of granite ramps. Once on these walk toward the Northern tip of baldy and slightly East.

It is also easy to access the "Nostril Cave" from the main trail that ends up near the Half Dome spire on the South side of Mt. Baldy. If you get to the Half Dome spire, walk around the edge of Baldy until you encounter the aforementioned trail, then cut across the small gully onto the ramps. The "Nostril Cave" is uphill and about fifty to one hundred feet from the start of the ramps.

I'll post pictures shortly to make finding this easier.

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Classic Climbing Routes at North Nostril Cave

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V7 7A+
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The Cheat
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The Cheat
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V7 7A+ Boulder
Tastes Like Burning
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V9 7C Boulder
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THIS LITTLE CAVE IS SWEET Nov 14, 2003