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Description

This area encompasses the entire left wall of the Grotto. Most of the climbs are typical Diablo climbs similar to Early wall, and Winter wall utilizing sloping crimps on vertical walls. As you continue up the grotto beginning around Evil Paradise (~100 yards up canyon) the upper tier's less featured tan basalt connects with the canyon floor, resulting in a more technical and varied style of climbing.

The rock, while incredibly dense, can be extremely fractured, requiring precautions taken to prevent rock fall. Climb cautiously and consider helmets and belaying (and standing) out of the fall line of climbers. Be especially careful after the winter freeze / thaw cycle.

The wall is East Facing so it gets morning shade and afternoon sun. In the winter it gets more shade and gets more sun in the summer. In early April the wall stays shaded until ~3:00. A good tool for estimating Sun / Shade beta is is the online sunearthtool.com estimator tool

Getting There

After reaching the Grotto area, the Grotto Left is the left side of the Grotto. This area includes everything on the left wall, except the upper Tier climbs.

17 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Grotto Left (East Side)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 58
Waiting to Procrastinate
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 78
Good
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 21
Paradise City
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 23
Bergers Bakeshop
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 52
Evil
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 44
Affirmative Action
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 19
Chopping Block
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 25
Bedeviled
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 6
Welcome to the Jungle
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 11
Better Late than Never
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 21
Bush in a Blender
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 4
Under Powered
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 7
Muscle Crow
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Waiting to Procrastinate
 58
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Good
 78
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Paradise City
 21
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Bergers Bakeshop
 23
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Evil
 52
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Affirmative Action
 44
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Chopping Block
 19
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Bedeviled
 25
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Welcome to the Jungle
 6
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Better Late than Never
 11
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Bush in a Blender
 21
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Under Powered
 4
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Muscle Crow
 7
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
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