Elevation: 5,614 ft
GPS: 40.013, -105.308 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Michael Komarnitsky on Dec 31, 2000
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC
Access Issue: Seasonal Closures 2022 Details

Description

The four blocky towers known as the Elephant Buttresses lie just to the right of the Dome. They are numbered one through four from left to right. Almost all the routes are trad; no sport routes here. Some routes have old fixed pins; not many have bolts. An irrigation water pipe runs along the base of these crags.

Be careful of poison ivy; this area has it in abundance!

Some of the classic routes include: Tough Situation (9+) and Classic Finger Crack (9) on the Second Buttress; Standard Route (7+), Left Wing (10), and FM (11) on the Third Buttress, and Northwest Face (8) on the Fourth Buttress.

Getting There

Approach as for the Dome. Park in a small pullout on the right 0.5 miles up the canyon, or in a large parking area on the left. Cross the bridge over the creek and turn right. Follow the new climber's access trail up to the aqueduct. Turn right and walk along a trail to the water pipe; watch out for poison ivy! Continue along the water pipe to the crag you want to climb. The pipe ends at a water tunnel between the Third and Fourth Buttress.

Descents

There are several ways to descend from the top of these crags:

  • The easiest walk-off is to head left (north) toward the Dome, and descend a trail down to the aqueduct just left of the First Buttress.
  • You can scramble down between the Second and Third Buttress to a tree atop Pine Tree Route, and rappel 90' back to the water pipe.
  • If the water level is low enough, you can descend to a tunnel between the Third and Fourth Buttress, and walk through the tunnel back to the water pipe. Be prepared for darkness and wet legs/feet!
  • You can downclimb the steep, 4th-class gully between the Second and Third Buttress; tricky in spots and not recommended for novices.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Elephant Buttresses

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 69
Flash Dihedral (Knapp Version)
Trad, TR
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 230
Standard Route
Trad 2 pitches
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 11
Standard Left Start
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 173
Northwest Face
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 175
Classic Finger Crack
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 46
Mojo Rising
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 53
Monster Woman
Trad 2 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 19
Zolar Czakl
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 116
Tough Situation
Trad
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 7
Tough Rising Finger
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
 20
Flake
Trad, TR
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 73
Left Wing
Trad, TR
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
 25
Wingtip
Trad, TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 23
What's Up?
Trad 2 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 44
FM
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Flash Dihedral (Knapp Version) First Buttress
 69
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Standard Route Third Buttress
 230
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Standard Left Start Third Buttress
 11
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Northwest Face Fourth Buttress
 173
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Classic Finger Crack Second Buttress
 175
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Mojo Rising Third Buttress
 46
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 2 pitches
Monster Woman Third Buttress
 53
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 2 pitches
Zolar Czakl Fourth Buttress
 19
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Tough Situation Second Buttress
 116
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Tough Rising Finger Second Buttress
 7
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad
Flake Fourth Buttress
 20
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R Trad, TR
Left Wing Third Buttress
 73
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR
Wingtip Third Buttress
 25
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13 Trad, TR
What's Up? Third Buttress
 23
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad 2 pitches
FM Third Buttress
 44
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
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