Description

The Tumbling Rainbow Formation is identified by the elongated S-shaped crack that splits it in two. This wide crack is its namesake Tumbling Rainbow (5.9 R). Run For Your Life (5.10b) ascends the left face. Tonic Boom (5.12d), Tic Tic Boom (5.12a), and Rainy Day, Dream Away (5.11b) lie on the right face. Fisticuffs (5.10b), a somewhat wide splitter, lies further downhill to the right.

Getting There

From Real Hidden Valley parking area, follow nature trail north to "T" intersection. Head left (NW) on trail. After 100 yards or so, break off west and aim for the highest formation.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Tumbling Rainbow Formation

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 82
Tumbling Rainbow
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
 164
Run For Your Life
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 145
Fisticuffs
Trad
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 41
Runaway
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 8
Rainy Day, Dream Away
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 8
Days of Thunder
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 11
Tic Tic Boom
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Tumbling Rainbow
 82
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Run For Your Life
 164
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R Trad
Fisticuffs
 145
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Runaway
 41
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Rainy Day, Dream Away
 8
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Days of Thunder
 8
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Tic Tic Boom
 11
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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Scotty Nelson
Boulder
Scotty Nelson   Boulder
Does anyone know what that 20+ foot roof is, to the left of Tumbling Rainbow? There is a finger crack in it -- it looked chalked up, and it looks really, really hard and wild. Nov 10, 2005
The big-ass roof to the left of T. Rainbow is Army Armstrong......A2+.......(take a fishhook to hook a big ol' flake once over the roof.....a fun and worthy aid climb....will/has it gone free?......who knows... Nov 11, 2005
does anybody know if a hold has broken off tic tic boom past the third bolt (piton included) through the crimpy section? I was on it a few days ago and it seemed a lot harder than i remember... Mar 31, 2008
Josh Harding
Mariposa, Ca
Josh Harding   Mariposa, Ca
A route named Run From Your Wife (10c) to the left of Runaway is not included in this list. Good route, one bolt leading to a crack to a second bolt, I think, needs more traffic. Worth doing if you are climbing that dome. Mar 15, 2011
The great and only "Gordo" outta my way scoobs! He shares his way with me, everyone should tie off and listen. Thank you Todd. Aug 15, 2011