Elevation: 7,906 ft
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Shared By: Joshua Reinig on Jan 5, 2015 with updates from Jim H and 1 other
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This Intimidating yet tame cuzin of Tahquitz, is rightfully named after the Indian Prince Algoot.
Algoot according to Native American legend, vanquished the Tahquitz Demon to this alpine mountainside cirquet in the sky.
Like any back country alpine setting, rock can be loose. An abundance of unimaginable lines can be found by the few bold and adventurouse enough to search out this beast!

Getting There

Take Devils slide trail to Saddle Junction. Head south on PCT to South Ridge Trail Junction. Follow Southridge trail to Tahquitz peak fire look out station. Drop down north slope from station to access crag or approach via Indian Buttress and go even further!!!

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Classic Climbing Routes at Altar of Algoot

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
The Paisley Buttress
Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
The Altar Buttress
Trad, Alpine 12 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Paisley Buttress
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
The Altar Buttress
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 12 pitches
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Take the use-trail that veers off from trail to the North face and gully of Tahquitz. It's not bad at all. If you head up Devil's Slide or the South Ridge Trails and drop down any of those gulls you'll hate yourself. I can't imagine anyone wanting to hike +2,000 ft and +4 miles up Devil's Slide only to drop down into that terrible manzanita when the use-trail to the base of the climb is so relatively short.

I thought the rock quality was similar to the routes on the North Face of Tahquitz. Aug 27, 2017
Jake Ryan
Gilbert, AZ
Jake Ryan   Gilbert, AZ
I'd like to emphasize the comment prior to this one. Climb up the regular Tahquitz North Face climbers trail and then ride the slope right until you get to the base. There is some faint use trail here and there once you pass the more popular climbing area at the base of the North Face.

Also, if it is the weekend, go get a backcountry permit at the ranger station or they won't be stoked with you. Also, buy an adventure pass to park in the parking lot.

We did the full approach with camping gear and that gulley was a tad freaky and the manzanita isn't all to fun. The climbers trail takes maybe two hours with your gear and a camping stuff, the other way took us a tad over four hours. I will say, the full hike stated in the description up the Devils Slide, South on PCT and then down the Ridge trail is a freaking rad adventure and day, just taxing. There is a super small flat area 100 feet under the rock that starts the buttress climb that can fit a tent or two. Jun 10, 2018