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, M Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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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 8 routes range from 5.7 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 and exciting finish.

If you are looking for a bit harder route, give Jumangi a try. It is a short route but has some commiting 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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Classic Climbing Routes at Flumes Formation

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 26
Cool Daze
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 22
Tilting Terrace
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 40
Bits and Pieces
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 53
Kibbles and Bits
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 38
Rebecca's Sailing
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 13
Adam's Apple
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 21
Jumangi
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 20
Nipples and Knobs
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Cool Daze
 26
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Tilting Terrace
 22
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Bits and Pieces
 40
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Kibbles and Bits
 53
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Rebecca's Sailing
 38
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Adam's Apple
 13
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Jumangi
 21
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Nipples and Knobs
 20
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
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