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Areas in Central Pinnacles

Bonsai Boulder 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Camp Rock 1 / 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Claim Jumper Wall 6 / 15 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 21
Coyote Crag 5 / 7 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 13
Doc Holliday Wall 1 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Gold Wall 1 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Gunsmoke Wall 5 / 10 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 18
Incinerator Wall 1 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Mad Cow Wall 3 / 3 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Moonshine Dome 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Motherlode Rock 9 / 27 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 37
Pistol Whipped Wall 2 / 8 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11
Prairie Squid Wall 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Rose Red Wall 3 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Skyy Slab 3 / 4 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Thunderbird Wall 3 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Tombstone Pit 3 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Wilbur's Tombstone 3 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6

Description

This area covers all of the formations from the northern parking area south to Camp Rock and includes Coyote Crag, Claim Jumper Wall, Pistol Whipped Wall, Motherlode Rock, Gunsmoke Wall, Thunderbird Wall and much more.

This area truly is the heart of the Pinnacles and offers the greatest concentration of routes with the least amount of hiking in the entire region. The abundance of well-protected, featured moderates in the area makes it especially popular during the height of the season, so be warned if seeking solitude.

Recommended routes in the area:

Getting There

The northern parking area is located at the edge of the Central Pinnacles, making it an obvious choice to park and walk the 5-10 minutes required to reach any of the crags in the Central Pinnacles.

It's also possible to park at the southern parking area, near Parking Lot Rock, and walk north for 10 minutes to reach the southern end of the area near Coyote Crag.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Central Pinnacles

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 169
Gold Standard
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 277
Bye Crackie
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 281
Coyotes at Sunset
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 102
Shoot at Will
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 171
Golden Poodle
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 101
Ricochet
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 180
Claim Jumper
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 164
One Armed Bandit
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 104
Golden Nugget
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 179
Powder Keg
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 228
Pistol Pete
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 122
Doc's Holiday
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 170
Coyotes in the Henhouse
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 73
Long Arm of The Law
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 65
The Incinerator
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Gold Standard Gold Wall
 169
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Bye Crackie Coyote Crag
 277
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Coyotes at Sunset Coyote Crag
 281
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Shoot at Will Tombstone Pit
 102
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Golden Poodle Coyote Crag
 171
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Ricochet Pistol Whipped Wall
 101
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Claim Jumper Claim Jumper Wall
 180
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
One Armed Bandit Claim Jumper Wall
 164
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Golden Nugget Motherlode Rock > Motherlode Rock - E Face
 104
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Powder Keg Motherlode Rock > Motherlode Rock - N Face
 179
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Pistol Pete Doc Holliday Wall
 228
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Doc's Holiday Doc Holliday Wall
 122
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Coyotes in the Henhouse Claim Jumper Wall
 170
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Long Arm of The Law Motherlode Rock > Motherlode Rock - W Face
 73
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
The Incinerator Incinerator Wall
 65
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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california
Climb To Safety   california
after much praise about the pinnacles from Chris D, i finally made it out here. Can't wait to go back, the rock is fantastic, only wish the climbs were longer. Sep 19, 2013
Chris D
the couch
Chris D   the couch
Ryan,

You should climb then down-climb each route twice. Then they will seem long. Soon, an El Cap Day will be in the bag. Nov 7, 2013
Alex Fletcher
Anaheim, CA
Alex Fletcher   Anaheim, CA
Anyone looking for a view extending for miles in every direction nearly a hundred feet off the ground should definitely visit the top of the rock which is named Skyy Slab, Gold Wall, Coyote Crag, and Mad Cow Wall from the Northwest, Southwest, Southeast, and Northeast faces respectively. While I was there on July 4th weekend 2016, we met some high liners at the top that had lines extending from the top of here to Doc Holiday wall (Approximately 50' line) and another extending from here to Motherlode Rock on the south east corner (Approximately a 140' line). There are bolts in the rock for just such a thing. You can climb any number of routes on Coyote Crag and the longest on Gold wall to reach the top out or you can scramble as the high liners did from the far right side of Coyote Crag. Jul 5, 2016
a lot of the bolt hangers on the popular climbs are starting to spin. a wrench and some TLC would be great..... I'll bring a wrench next time I'm up there......... Jun 23, 2018

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