Access Issue: Bridges Out! IMPORTANT LADWP NEGOTIATIONS!! Details

Description

Pink Face lies to the left of Big Tower at the start of the Lower Gorge coming from the South Access Road.

A number of easy to moderate routes exist. This cliff is hardly ever busy.

It faces North West so can provide welcome shade from the Sun in the morning.

Getting There

On the east side of the paved, Middle Power Plant Road, where the river bends and the steep hill ends. Access is via jumping the gap in the rocks below "Anonymous Bolter", the first climb encountered at the bottom of the hill, or via logjam just down-stream.

The bridge that previously allowed access has been removed. Note Access Issue and LADWP negotiations.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Pink Face

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
 11
Fraggle Rock
Sport
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 19
Sesame Street
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 18
Rapscallion
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 21
Mile High Crack
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 19
Pink Panther
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 19
Low-hanging Fruit
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 23
Shell of A Man
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 20
Toorete
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 18
Naked Gun
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Fraggle Rock
 11
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a Sport
Sesame Street
 19
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Rapscallion
 18
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Mile High Crack
 21
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Pink Panther
 19
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Low-hanging Fruit
 19
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Shell of A Man
 23
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Toorete
 20
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Naked Gun
 18
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
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Maidy  
There's a variety of decent moderates in this area and it's one of the few areas with kid and beginner-friendly climbs. Everything on the main Pink Face wall is fun on stellar quality rock. The main Pink Face wall stays in the shade most of the day. The Pink Face Buttress on the right side offers some more challenging climbs with bouldery starts.

As a side note- the hillside is extremely loose. We've made some effort to stabilize and mark the trails. Try to walk on established trails and large rocks whenever possible to help with the erosion issue. Thanks.

UPDATE on ACESS: The plank bridges are no longer there. You can access Pink Wall by rock hopping if the water is low. Do not attempt this crossing if the water is running fast. There is an alternate crossing over the large log jam down stream from the Big Tower area. Apr 6, 2016
MisterE Wolfe
Bishop, CA
MisterE Wolfe   Bishop, CA
Edit/Update: A new permanent plank-bridge has been installed just downstream below the Big Tower to access this area.

The recent high water flow has demolished the original Pink Face Bridge. There are some small logs that can be traversed with caution-only when the water is very low.

The new climbs at Pink Face are moderate (from 5.3 to 5.10b), making "Pink Face Area" an even better beginner area. Apr 17, 2016
Maidy  
CURRENT ACCESS: The plank bridges have been removed. You can rock-hop below PInk Face when the water is low. There is a log crossing downstream by the Big Tower and there is a large log-jam even farther downstream that involves some traversing to get back to the climbing area, but is a little higher off the water . Do not attempt this crossing if the water is high or flowing. Dec 31, 2018