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Areas in West Side

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 7 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 13
Whitetail Rock 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Access Issue: Seasonal Raptor Closures Details

Description [Suggest Change]

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

Getting There [Suggest Change]

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Closest gas station is in the neighboring town of Soledad.

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Classic Climbing Routes at West Side

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 76
Costanoan
Sport 4 pitches
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 40
Old Original
Trad 6 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 22
Cool Daze
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
 24
Dos Equis
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 27
Bits and Pieces
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
 40
Lava Falls
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 37
Kibbles and Bits
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 29
Rebecca's Sailing
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R
 8
Shake-N-Bake
Trad 3 pitches
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b A1 R
 17
Machete Direct
Trad, Sport, Aid 6 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 17
Cuidado!
Sport 5 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 8
Mission Impossible
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 9
Power Tools
Sport 4 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c A0-1 PG13
 13
Son of Dawn Wall
Trad, Sport, Aid 4 pitches
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 3
Truth or Consequences
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Costanoan Citadel
 76
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Sport 4 pitches
Old Original Machete Ridge
 40
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 6 pitches
Cool Daze Flumes Formation
 22
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Dos Equis Machete Ridge
 24
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R Sport
Bits and Pieces Flumes Formation
 27
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Lava Falls Balconies
 40
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad 2 pitches
Kibbles and Bits Flumes Formation
 37
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Rebecca's Sailing Flumes Formation
 29
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Shake-N-Bake Balconies
 8
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R Trad 3 pitches
Machete Direct Machete Ridge
 17
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b A1 R Trad, Sport, Aid 6 pitches
Cuidado! Machete Ridge
 17
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport 5 pitches
Mission Impossible Whitetail Rock
 8
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Power Tools Citadel
 9
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport 4 pitches
Son of Dawn Wall Machete Ridge
 13
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c A0-1 PG13 Trad, Sport, Aid 4 pitches
Truth or Consequences Game Show
 3
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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