Avg: 2.5 from 109 votes
|Type:||Trad, 80 ft (24 m)|
|FA:||John Bald & John Edgar, 1973|
|Page Views:||5,119 total · 20/month|
|Shared By:||Brian Reynolds on Feb 8, 2003|
|Admins:||Greg Opland, Mike Morley, C Miller, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer Ski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes, Gunkswest|
Smooth as Silk can be divided into two distinct sections. The lower section involves bouldery moves off the ground to a short hand traverse, before easing off into a lower angle slab. The upper section ascends a splitter finger crack up a very smooth, relatively low angle slab. A small scoop at the base of this second section complicates getting onto the slab and provides the crux of the route.
Start at the dirt parking area on Lost Horse Road that is nearest to the Lower Freeway Wall. Scramble about 100 yards up through boulders to the base of the left end of the cliff. There is a flat area right at the base of the cliff. In the center of this flat area is an obvious chimney/gully (the start of Silky Stones). Just left of the chimney/gully is an appealing finger crack and flake that goes through a bulge. This crack and flake is the start of Smooth as Silk.