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Description

The Cereal Buttress is possibly the most popular spot at Rumbling Bald. It has a plentiful variety of routes, some multi-pitch; most are crack climbs, from moderate on up.

This area got its name back in the mid-70s, when pioneer Jeep Gaskin was scouting out the rock on a rainy day. Back home, he reported finding a "surreal buttress" and someone jokingly asked what kind of "cereal" it was. The name stuck.

Getting There

From the parking lot, follow the rutted old jeep road up right about three-fourths of a mile to where it peters into a trail. Follow the trail past a boulderfield; at an obvious split, go left for the left end of Cereal Buttress or the Comatose Area; go right for the main Cereal Buttress and Cereal Wall.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Cereal Buttress

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 333
Fruit Loops
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 48
Unknown 5.8 (splitter hand crack)
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 206
Granola
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 19
Obamanation
Trad 2 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 202
Frosted Flake
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 18
Good Samaritans
Trad 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 36
Doug Reed Solo
TR
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 61
Born Again
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 73
Breakfast of Champions
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 55
Capt Crunch
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
 88
Whisky For Breakfast
Trad 2 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 139
Shredded Wheat
Trad
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13
 10
Inner Peace
Trad, Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 11
Mennonite Surf Party
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 3
Petrified Frog
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Fruit Loops
 333
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Unknown 5.8 (splitter hand…
 48
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Granola
 206
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Obamanation
 19
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Frosted Flake
 202
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Good Samaritans
 18
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Doug Reed Solo
 36
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a TR
Born Again
 61
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Breakfast of Champions
 73
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Capt Crunch
 55
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Whisky For Breakfast
 88
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13 Trad 2 pitches
Shredded Wheat
 139
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Inner Peace
 10
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13 Trad, Sport
Mennonite Surf Party
 11
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Petrified Frog
 3
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
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