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Black Rhino T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Endangered Species T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
Flakey Friends T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Oatmeal Eating Aardvarks T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Poaching Ivory T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

Description

The Tusk is a prominent 50' tower of good quality rock sitting atop a rubble pile just inside the Park entrance. Despite it's small size there are lots of routes on the formation and a good half day can be had here close to the car. Be aware that the exposed nature of the formation makes this a poor choice if windy. Despite the all-bolted nature of the climbs there are no fixed anchors. An easy downclimb off the northeast side is the descent.

Getting There

Park in a large pullout with an exhibit 0.5 miles south of the Park entrance and hike 200 meters to the formation which sits atop a small rubble pile; the easiest path through the boulders at the base is by heading for the southwest corner of the formation. Allow 5 minutes for this casual approach.

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