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Description

This crazy 700 foot wall holds some excellent routes, some trad,most sport. It's about 1/2 a mile long, so there's something foranyone willing to lead 5.8 and above, and willing to commit atleast a few hours (if not a whole day) for some multipitch fun.You can also boulder in the arch, which is pretty easy to get toif you're on the west side of Pinnicles National Monument.

Type of rock... All sorts of shit. Volcanically generated looseshit that's scary and fun as hell.

This rock will be in the sun part of the day, and in the shadesome, depending on what you're climbing.

Classics: Machete Direct (5.12a or 5.8 A2) and Destiny (5.8).

Getting There

Approach time: 15 minutes.From the West end parking lot, take the trail leading down to theBalconies and The Machete Ridge Area. After walking through aserious of large rocks (some up to 150' tall), you will finallyhave the Machete in view, in all of it's magnificance.The trail will lead into the Arch, which is a 300 foot long archthat allows some seriously highball bouldering, and thepossibility for a really really heinous start of a short route.

13 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Machete Ridge

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5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 41
Old Original
Trad 6 pitches
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 7
Twinkle Toes Traverse
Trad 2 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b A1
 4
Bill's Bad Bolts
Sport, Aid 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
 25
Dos Equis
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b A0
 8
Lucky 13 -to- GP Headwall -to- R…
Sport, Aid 6 pitches
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b A1 R
 18
Machete Direct
Trad, Sport, Aid 6 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 17
Cuidado!
Sport 5 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 3
Robots of Dawn
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c A0-1 PG13
 13
Son of Dawn Wall
Trad, Sport, Aid 4 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Old Original
 41
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 6 pitches
Twinkle Toes Traverse
 7
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 2 pitches
Bill's Bad Bolts
 4
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b A1 Sport, Aid 3 pitches
Dos Equis
 25
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R Sport
Lucky 13 -to- GP Headwall -…
 8
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b A0 Sport, Aid 6 pitches
Machete Direct
 18
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b A1 R Trad, Sport, Aid 6 pitches
Cuidado!
 17
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport 5 pitches
Robots of Dawn
 3
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Son of Dawn Wall
 13
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c A0-1 PG13 Trad, Sport, Aid 4 pitches
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huh? 1 1/2 miles long?

Not even close.I dare say it's not even a 1/2 mile long. A 1/4 mile? Doubt it.

Jul 25, 2003
There is an extended climbing closure for some routes on Machete Ridge, including Old Original, because of nesting California Condors. You can get the most current information on the closure at:

nps.gov/pinn/planyourvisit/…

pinnacles.org/ Jul 8, 2018