Elevation: 7,500 ft
GPS: 34.309, -116.878 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: C Miller on Jun 29, 2006
Admins: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

Description

Bordering the northern edge of the main Pinnacles is this fairly long and slender formation with a good variety of routes on almost all of it's sides.
The east face is shorter and slabbier and is home to such fun routes as Wildrose (5.7),  Shantytown Swing (5.8), Golden Nugget (5.10a) and Out of Our Mines (5.10d).

The narrow north face features the popular Whiptail (5.9), Powder Keg (5.10a) and Short Fuse (5.10b).

Perhaps the best side of the crag, the taller west face has such gems as Panning For Gold (5.10b), Mighty Quinn (5.10c), Stake Your Claim (5.10c) and Long Arm Of The Law (5.11a).

Getting There

Most easily approached from the northern parking area by walking east past the Incinerator Wall, at which point the wall comes into view and is obvious. The approach takes about 2-3 minutes and follows a well-defined trail.

Also reached from the vicinity of the Ampitheatre (Claim Jumper Wall, Gunsmoke Wall, Thunderbird Wall) by following any of several trails northeast to reach the formation. Plan on 3-5 minutes for this approach.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Motherlode Rock

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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 83
Shantytown Swing
Sport
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 148
Psychedelic Sluice
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 49
Fools Gold
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 92
Wildrose
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 106
Whiptail
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 119
Golden Nugget
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 99
Fire in the Hole
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 216
Powder Keg
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 61
Nitroglycerine
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 49
Short Fuse
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 74
Reach for the Sky
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 92
Mighty Quinn
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 45
Whiskeroo
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 42
Stake Your Claim
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 101
Long Arm of The Law
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Shantytown Swing Motherlode Rock - E Face
 83
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Psychedelic Sluice Motherlode Rock - E Face
 148
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Fools Gold Motherlode Rock - E Face
 49
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Wildrose Motherlode Rock - E Face
 92
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Whiptail Motherlode Rock - N Face
 106
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Golden Nugget Motherlode Rock - E Face
 119
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Fire in the Hole Motherlode Rock - E Face
 99
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Powder Keg Motherlode Rock - N Face
 216
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Nitroglycerine Motherlode Rock - N Face
 61
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Short Fuse Motherlode Rock - N Face
 49
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Reach for the Sky Motherlode Rock - W Face
 74
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Mighty Quinn Motherlode Rock - W Face
 92
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Whiskeroo Motherlode Rock - W Face
 45
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Stake Your Claim Motherlode Rock - W Face
 42
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Long Arm of The Law Motherlode Rock - W Face
 101
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
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