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Elderberry Buttress Rock Climbing
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High above the floor of Pine Creek Canyon, Elderberry Buttress is a clean slab of some of the area's best granite. Unlike other more "modern" crags in Pine Creek, Elderberry offers an adventurous approach and descent, multi-pitch climbs and traditionally protected routes.
Park, as for the PSOM Pinnacle area, at the deciduous trees lining the creek that drains the Pratt's Crack/Scheelite Canyon area. Take your time here to spy the big SE facing shield of the Buttress and identify the gully immediately below. Find a pretty good trail through the sage to the base of the PSOM Pinnacle slabs. From this base work up and right to the gully that drains from the base of the Buttress. The very gut of this gully, near the bottom is certainly climbable though it's a water-polished, 5th class chockstoned chimney. Instead find a series of 4th class ledges zigzagging up starting about 100 feet left of the chimneys. About 150 feet up this series of ledges work back and right into the gut of the gully. (Alternatively, spy a pair of rappel bolts half-way between the chimney and the ledge system. A poorly protected 100 foot pitch of 5.7 leads straight to these bolts. From the bolts, work back right to the gully.) Once in the gully, above the lowest and steepest chimney section, work up a series of goofy 4th to low 5th class steps eventually heading left to the prominent and large juniper shading a luxurious ledge beneath the "start" of Elderberry Buttress' routes.
Classic Climbing Routes at Elderberry Buttress
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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