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Elevation: 1,388 ft
GPS: 36.49179, -121.2096
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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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Closest gas station is in the neighboring town of Soledad.

111 Total Climbs

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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
 188
Costanoan
Trad 4 pitches
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 62
Old Original
Trad 6 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 31
Cool Daze
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
 43
Dos Equis
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 53
Bits and Pieces
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
 60
Lava Falls
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 66
Kibbles and Bits
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 46
Rebecca's Sailing
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R
 14
Shake-N-Bake
Trad 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 22
Get Smart
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b A1 R
 24
Machete Direct
Trad, Sport, Aid 6 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 26
Mission Impossible
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 26
Power Tools
Sport 4 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 26
Cuidado!
Sport 5 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c A0-1 PG13
 22
Son of Dawn Wall
Trad, Sport, Aid 4 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Costanoan Citadel
 188
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad 4 pitches
Old Original Machete Ridge > S Face
 62
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 6 pitches
Cool Daze Flumes Formation > Lower Flumes Formation
 31
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Dos Equis Machete Ridge > W Face > Bad Man Mezzanine/Low…
 43
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R Trad
Bits and Pieces Flumes Formation > Lower Flumes Formation
 53
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Lava Falls Balconies
 60
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad 2 pitches
Kibbles and Bits Flumes Formation > Lower Flumes Formation
 66
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Rebecca's Sailing Flumes Formation > Lower Flumes Formation
 46
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Shake-N-Bake Balconies
 14
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R Trad 3 pitches
Get Smart Whitetail Rock
 22
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Machete Direct Machete Ridge > W Face > Main Face
 24
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b A1 R Trad, Sport, Aid 6 pitches
Mission Impossible Whitetail Rock
 26
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Power Tools Citadel
 26
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport 4 pitches
Cuidado! Machete Ridge > N Face
 26
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport 5 pitches
Son of Dawn Wall Machete Ridge > W Face > Main Face
 22
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c A0-1 PG13 Trad, Sport, Aid 4 pitches
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