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Elevation: 7,500 ft 2,286 m
GPS: 34.3088, -116.8782
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Shared By: C Miller on Jun 29, 2006
Admins: C Miller, Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer Ski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

Description Suggest change

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 slabby 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 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
 194
Psychedelic Sluice
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 119
Wildrose
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 119
Smackdown
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 139
Whiptail
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 98
Shantytown Swing
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 148
Golden Nugget
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 132
Fire in the Hole
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 283
Powder Keg
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 82
Nitroglycerine
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 69
Short Fuse
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 97
Reach for the Sky
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 81
Good Day for a Hangin'
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 124
Mighty Quinn
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 58
Stake Your Claim
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 130
Long Arm of The Law
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Psychedelic Sluice Motherlode Rock - E Face
 194
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Wildrose Motherlode Rock - E Face
 119
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Smackdown Motherlode Rock - N Face
 119
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Whiptail Motherlode Rock - N Face
 139
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Shantytown Swing Motherlode Rock - E Face
 98
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Golden Nugget Motherlode Rock - E Face
 148
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Fire in the Hole Motherlode Rock - E Face
 132
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Powder Keg Motherlode Rock - N Face
 283
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Nitroglycerine Motherlode Rock - N Face
 82
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Short Fuse Motherlode Rock - N Face
 69
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Reach for the Sky Motherlode Rock - W Face
 97
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Good Day for a Hangin' Motherlode Rock - W Face
 81
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Mighty Quinn Motherlode Rock - W Face
 124
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Stake Your Claim Motherlode Rock - W Face
 58
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Long Arm of The Law Motherlode Rock - W Face
 130
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
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