Description

The Southwest Face is slightly shorter and less steep than the South Face with several moderate cracks and a couple of sport routes. Morning shade and then sun until fairly late in the day.

The Sphynx (5.6), Ball and Chain (5.9+), Cryptology (5.10b) and Holy Fingers (5.11b) are the climbs to seek out here.

Getting There

Hike west along the base past the South Face until you reach this portion of Castle Rock.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Castle Rock - Southwest Face

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 26
The Sphynx
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 28
The Turret
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 10
The Great Steps of Cheops
Trad, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 33
Ball and Chain
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 12
Cryptology
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Sphynx
 26
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
The Turret
 28
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
The Great Steps of Cheops
 10
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Ball and Chain
 33
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Cryptology
 12
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
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