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Motherlode Rock - East Face 4 / 10 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 15
Motherlode Rock - North Face 1 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Motherlode Rock - West Face 2 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10

Description [Suggest Change]

Bordering the northern edge of the main Pinnacles is this farily 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 Shantytown Swing (5.6), Wildrose (5.6), 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 [Suggest Change]

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

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 73
Shantytown Swing
Sport
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 130
Psychedelic Sluice
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 82
Whiptail
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 97
Golden Nugget
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 81
Fire in the Hole
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 172
Powder Keg
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 33
Panning for Gold
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 46
Nitroglycerine
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 38
Short Fuse
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 59
Reach for the Sky
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 26
Lodestone
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 67
Mighty Quinn
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 26
Stake Your Claim
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 71
Long Arm of The Law
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 26
Black Bart
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Shantytown Swing Motherlode Rock - E Face
 73
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Psychedelic Sluice Motherlode Rock - E Face
 130
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Whiptail Motherlode Rock - N Face
 82
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Golden Nugget Motherlode Rock - E Face
 97
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Fire in the Hole Motherlode Rock - E Face
 81
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Powder Keg Motherlode Rock - N Face
 172
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Panning for Gold Motherlode Rock - W Face
 33
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Nitroglycerine Motherlode Rock - N Face
 46
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Short Fuse Motherlode Rock - N Face
 38
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Reach for the Sky Motherlode Rock - W Face
 59
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Lodestone Motherlode Rock - E Face
 26
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Mighty Quinn Motherlode Rock - W Face
 67
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Stake Your Claim Motherlode Rock - W Face
 26
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Long Arm of The Law Motherlode Rock - W Face
 71
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Black Bart Motherlode Rock - E Face
 26
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
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