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The Black Dagger

5.11d, Sport, 45 ft,  Avg: 3.2 from 5 votes
FA: Kelly Rich, David Rubine 4/89
California > Central Coast > Pinnacles NP > E Side > Monolith
Access Issue: Seasonal Raptor Closures Details


The crux of this muscly route involves a powerful throw to a good edge midway up. Although it's not too much to look at, this climb has some of the best movement in the area.


The Black Dagger is located on the big boulder leaning up against the South Face of the Monolith. Both the approaches for the Back Door (detailed in the guidebook) or creeping along the base of the monolith work fine.