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
 286
Fruit Loops
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 40
Unknown 5.8 (splitter hand crack)
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
 11
Sea Wolf
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 173
Granola
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 18
Obamanation
Trad 2 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 172
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
 32
Doug Reed Solo
TR
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 49
Born Again
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 58
Breakfast of Champions
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 50
Capt Crunch
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
 71
Whisky For Breakfast
Trad 2 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 113
Shredded Wheat
Trad
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13
 5
Inner Peace
Trad, Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 10
Mennonite Surf Party
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Fruit Loops
 286
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Unknown 5.8 (splitter hand…
 40
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Sea Wolf
 11
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R Trad
Granola
 173
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Obamanation
 18
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Frosted Flake
 172
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
 32
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a TR
Born Again
 49
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Breakfast of Champions
 58
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Capt Crunch
 50
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Whisky For Breakfast
 71
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13 Trad 2 pitches
Shredded Wheat
 113
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Inner Peace
 5
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13 Trad, Sport
Mennonite Surf Party
 10
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
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One of the most prominent aspects of its' surreality is the 'air-conditioning chimney'--you can hear the water gurgling back in there somewhere, and yet the thing appears as dry as can be. If you've blown it by showing up at the Bald on a hot, steamy summer's day, you'll appreciate this feature perhaps more than any other. Dec 31, 2006
Second the amazing 'air conditioning' from the cave. Unfortunately, it was closed off due to the white-nosed syndrome affecting local bat populations. Hopefully it'll be open soon for caving. Jul 20, 2009