Elevation: 1,674 ft
GPS: 36.473, -121.187 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: mungeclimber on Dec 16, 2002
Admins: andy patterson, Aron Quiter, Bruce Hildenbrand, Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Vicki Schwantes, Justin Johnsen
Access Issue: Seasonal Raptor Closures Details

Description

Monolith (historically known as Vasquez's Monolith) has some of the best climbing the Eastern District has to offer. Steep and solid (generally). It also has some of the hardest sport climbs in the Monument.

As a bit of history, the first known ascent of the Monolith was made on February 17, 1935 by David & Ralph Brower, Bill Van Vorrhis and George Rockwood.  The enterprising group climbed the big oak tree which overhangs the northern end of the east face and stepped across onto the rock near the top of the first pitch of the Regular Route. They scampered to the summit from there and apparently downclimbed the tree on their way back down.

Getting There

Follow the Moses Springs Trail from the southern (left) end of Discovery Wall. The largest "boulder" in the jumble of rocks in the canyon floor is the Monolith. The trail is well marked Monument style of trail.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Monolith

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b X
 48
Direct Route
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
 50
Regular Route
Trad 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R
 116
Subterranean Tango
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 85
Cantaloupe Death
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
 45
Hawaiian Noises
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 22
Rocket in My Pocket
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 146
P.O.D.
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 64
Foreplay
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 62
Feed the Beast
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 10
Future Shock
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 20
Cataract Corner
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 11
Hot Lava Lucy
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 9
Ranger Bolts (aka Move over Rover)
Sport
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
 6
Lardbutt
Sport
5.14a/b 8c 33 X+ 33 E9 7b
 3
West of the Sun
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Direct Route E Face
 48
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b X Trad
Regular Route E Face
 50
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13 Trad 2 pitches
Subterranean Tango E Face
 116
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R Sport
Cantaloupe Death E Face
 85
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Hawaiian Noises E Face
 45
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13 Sport
Rocket in My Pocket N Face
 22
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
P.O.D. E Face
 146
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Foreplay E Face
 64
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Feed the Beast E Face
 62
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Future Shock N Face
 10
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Cataract Corner N Face
 20
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Hot Lava Lucy E Face
 11
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
Ranger Bolts (aka Move over… W Face
 9
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Lardbutt N Face
 6
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport
West of the Sun W Face
 3
5.14a/b 8c 33 X+ 33 E9 7b Sport
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