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Balconies Bumps 3 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Balconies, The 8 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 12
Chockstone Dome 0 / 3 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Citadel, The 1 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Elephant Rock 1 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Flumes Formation 1 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Game Show, The 0 / 3 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Machete Ridge 6 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 11
Whitetail Rock 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1

Description

Pinnacles West Side is home of a multitude of excellent multi-pitch and easier/moderate single pitch face climbs. Highlights include excellent moderate, single-pitch lines (5.6 - 5.10a) on the Flumes Formation, Elephant Rock and Machete Ridge. There is also an abundance of two to seven pitch lines in the 5.9 to 5.11 range on The Balconies, Machete Ridge, The Citadel, and Resurrection Wall.

The West Side has more of an adventurous feel to it. Many of the multi-pitch routes have a (no-longer-deserved) reputation for loose rock and scary bolts. Nearly all routes have been re-bolted with modern/bomber hardware. Much of loose rock has been cleaned off over the years. The setting of many routes more than offsets the occasional loose hold.

Please be respectful of other users of the West Side. Climbers have spent many years developing a working relation with the NPS. Please stay on the marked use-trails and leave the loud boom-boxes at home.

Please be aware of closures for birds from MLK Day to early July: https://www.nps.gov/pinn/planyourvisit/advisory.htm
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Getting There

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Closest gas station is in the neighboring town of Soledad.

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Classic Climbing Routes at West Side

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5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Costanoan
Sport 4 pitches
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Old Original
Trad 6 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Cool Daze
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Dos Equis
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Bits and Pieces
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Lava Falls
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Kibbles and Bits
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Rebecca's Sailing
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R
Shake-N-Bake
Trad 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Nipples and Knobs
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b A0
Lucky 13 -to- GP Headwall -to- Rock A…
Sport, Aid 6 pitches
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b A1 R
Machete Direct
Trad, Sport, Aid 6 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Cuidado!
Sport 5 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Mission Impossible
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c A0-1 PG13
Son of Dawn Wall
Trad, Sport, Aid 4 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Costanoan Citadel 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Sport 4 pitches
Old Original Machete Ridge 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 6 pitches
Cool Daze Flumes Formation 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Dos Equis Machete Ridge 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R Sport
Bits and Pieces Flumes Formation 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Lava Falls Balconies 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad 2 pitches
Kibbles and Bits Flumes Formation 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Rebecca's Sailing Flumes Formation 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Shake-N-Bake Balconies 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R Trad 3 pitches
Nipples and Knobs Flumes Formation 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Lucky 13 -to- GP Headwall -… Machete Ridge 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b A0 Sport, Aid 6 pitches
Machete Direct Machete Ridge 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b A1 R Trad, Sport, Aid 6 pitches
Cuidado! Machete Ridge 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport 5 pitches
Mission Impossible Whitetail Rock 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Son of Dawn Wall Machete Ridge 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c A0-1 PG13 Trad, Sport, Aid 4 pitches
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