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Access Issue: Red Rock RAIN AND WET ROCK: The sandstone is fragile and is very easily damaged when wet. Details

Description

This formation was known as Red Cap back in the sixties. The Mescalito name was given by Red Rock pioneer Jeff Lansing (who coincidentally did the first ascent of the formation's east face). It looks like a cute little summit, dwarfed by much larger mountains on both sides. But do not be fooled; climbing to the summit involves ten or twelve pitches and a noticeable descent effort.

There is quite a wide spectrum of climbing. Cat in the Hat and Dark Shadows are probably the two most popular routes with visiting climbers, and they well deserve their "classic" status. Lots of other climbs are of similar quality; Risky Business, Y2K, Cookie Monster, and a bunch more.

Getting There

Hike west on the main Pine Creek trail. A short distance beyond the mouth of the canyon the streambed forks. Stay to the right for routes from Y2K around toward Dark Shadows. Cross the streambed and work up the south fork for routes from Cookie Monster and left toward Cat in the Hat.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Mescalito

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 858
Cat in the Hat
Trad 6 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 229
Cookie Monster
Trad 3 pitches
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 72
Pauligk Pillar
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 1,068
Dark Shadows
Trad 4 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 113
Dark Shadows (Full)
Trad 10 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 66
Chasing Shadows
Trad 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 67
Black Widow Hollow
Trad 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 245
Y2K
Trad 4 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 49
Slot Machine
Trad
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
 52
The Walker Spur
Trad 3 pitches
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 42
Edge Dressing
Trad, Sport 4 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
 78
The Next Century
Trad 2 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
 151
Risky Business
Trad 4 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R
 18
Parental Guidance
Trad 2 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R
 39
Excellent Adventure
Trad 3 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Cat in the Hat Southeast Buttress
 858
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 6 pitches
Cookie Monster E Face
 229
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Pauligk Pillar E Face
 72
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Dark Shadows Dark Shadows Wall
 1,068
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 4 pitches
Dark Shadows (Full) Dark Shadows Wall
 113
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 10 pitches
Chasing Shadows Dark Shadows Wall
 66
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 4 pitches
Black Widow Hollow E Face
 67
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
Y2K E Face
 245
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 4 pitches
Slot Machine Dark Shadows Wall
 49
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
The Walker Spur E Face
 52
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R Trad 3 pitches
Edge Dressing Dark Shadows Wall
 42
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Sport 4 pitches
The Next Century E Face
 78
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13 Trad 2 pitches
Risky Business Dark Shadows Wall
 151
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R Trad 4 pitches
Parental Guidance Dark Shadows Wall
 18
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R Trad 2 pitches
Excellent Adventure Dark Shadows Wall
 39
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R Trad 3 pitches
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