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Areas in West Bluff - Cleo Amphitheater

Blade, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Chair Bivy Buttress 2 / 0 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Cleo Amphitheater, The 21 / 0 / 22 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 25
Cleopatra's Needle 6 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Turk's Head 7 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Whitney's Formation 3 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Wiessner Wall 6 / 0 / 7 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9

Description

The Cleo Amphitheater is probably the most frequently climbed area on the West Bluff. There are a good number of quality climbs found here and the access is relatively easy. The area sees morning sun and shade in the afternoon, so it's ideal for hot sunny days. The area is made up of the climbs on Cleopatra's Needle, the Amphitheater, the Wiessner Wall, and Turk's Head.

Getting There

To get to the Cleo Amphitheater park at the gravel parking lot near the southwest end of the lake, across from the boat landing. The lot accomodates 20-30 cars. From the lot, cross the road and take the West Bluff Trail (paved) up the West Bluff. At the top of the bluff you will come to a lookout directly above the Amphitheater. The Wiessner Wall and Turk's Head are to your left (north), while Cleopatra's Needle is at about 11 o'clock if you're looking straight out off the bluff.

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Classic Climbing Routes at West Bluff - Cleo Amphitheater

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
 33
Upper Wiessner Crack
Trad, TR
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 30
Mickey Mouse
Trad, TR
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 28
Minnie Mouse
Trad, TR
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 163
Queen's Throne
Trad, TR
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 28
Northwest Side
Trad, TR
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 115
East Comfort Route
Trad
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c PG13
 14
Southeast Arete
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 32
Cleo's Needle Southwest Dihedral
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 61
Wiessner Face
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 43
Turk's Head Ridge
Trad 7 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 44
Cleos Needle-Southwest Rib
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 73
Queen's Face
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 18
Barndoor
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 22
Between the Queens
TR
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 18
The Green Slime
Trad, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Upper Wiessner Crack Wiessner Wall
 33
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a Trad, TR
Mickey Mouse Cleo Amphitheater
 30
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad, TR
Minnie Mouse Cleo Amphitheater
 28
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad, TR
Queen's Throne Cleo Amphitheater
 163
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad, TR
Northwest Side Cleopatra's Needle
 28
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad, TR
East Comfort Route Cleopatra's Needle
 115
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad
Southeast Arete Cleopatra's Needle
 14
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c PG13 Trad
Cleo's Needle Southwest Dih… Cleopatra's Needle
 32
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Wiessner Face Wiessner Wall
 61
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Turk's Head Ridge Turk's Head
 43
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 7 pitches
Cleos Needle-Southwest Rib Cleopatra's Needle
 44
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Queen's Face Cleo Amphitheater
 73
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Barndoor Cleo Amphitheater
 18
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Between the Queens Cleo Amphitheater
 22
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a TR
The Green Slime Turk's Head
 18
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR
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The parking lot described in "Getting There" is now paved. Jul 7, 2009

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