Elevation: 1,389 ft
GPS: 36.498, -121.204 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Keebler on Nov 6, 2003
Admins: andy patterson, Aron Quiter, Bruce Hildenbrand, Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Vicki Schwantes, Justin Johnsen
Access Issue: Seasonal Raptor Closures Details

Description

Welcome to the west side of the Pinnacles. The cliffs are taller and the crowds much smaller. The Flumes Formation is a great cliff for the intermediate leader. You have well bolted sport routes on decent rock. The routes range from 5.6 to 5.10 and make for a good days outing. Check out Kibbles and Bits, try linking it with Rebecca's Sailing for a fun long route or do it in two short pitches. The 5.8 overhang, makes an exciting finish.

If you are looking for a bit harder route, give Jumangi a try. It is a short route but has some committing moves. Don't feel like leading it, just traverse over from the top of Bits and Pieces or Tilting Terrace and set up a top rope.

Another good route is Nipples and Knobs 5.10a-b. This route shares the first bolt with Tilting Terrace and then heads up and right through steep knobs. It is well protected route and contains a two bolt chained anchor.

Getting There

From the West Side parking lot take the Balconies Trail 0.6mi to the junction with the Balconies Cave Trail.  The Flumes formation is to your west.  Hike up the Balconies Trail from here making short approaches from several switchbacks as they get close to the formation.  There are carabiner trail markers indicating the climber's trails in this area.

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