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Routes in 16 - The Owl

Dromedary T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Mirage T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Owl Bypass, The T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Owl Roof T 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Walrus, The T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Wicked Jones Crusher T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
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Description

The Owl is a formation just above the road west of Reed's Pinnacle. It is capped by the intimidating "Owl Roof".

Getting There

Go through the west tunnel at Reed's and park in a paved turnout below the Owl.

Most of the climbs are approached from the eastern side of the Owl. From the pullout, scramble up 15-20ft of dirt and gain a small trail heading to the right(East). Follow the trail out onto grassy terraces. Hike up-hill sometimes on a trail, and sometimes up slabs until you can't go any higher. At this point, make your way back West to the right side of the Owl. The Mirage should be the first climb you see. The Owl Bypass is down and around from Mirage. Wicked Jones Crusher is up and East.

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Classic Climbing Routes at 16 - The Owl

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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
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Most of the climbs are approached from the eastern side of the Owl. From the pullout, scramble up 15-20ft of dirt and gain a small trail heading to the right(East). Follow the trail out onto grassy terraces. Hike up-hill sometimes on a trail, and sometimes up slabs until you can't go any higher. At this point, make your way back West to the right side of the Owl. The Mirage should be the first climb you see. The Owl Bypass is down and around from Mirage. Wicked Jones Crusher is up and East.

This is a cool place to hang with friends for a day. Dec 12, 2009
This is a good place to avoid the crowds. A little bit of everything and potential for more. May 30, 2010

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