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Arrowhead ArĂȘte T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Arrowhead Spire T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Type: Trad, 250 ft, 2 pitches
FA: unknown
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Shared By: M. Morley on May 31, 2009
Admins: M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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When combined with Arrowhead Arete, this makes for a pretty fun outing with lots of exposure. Instead of climbing the first pitch of Arrowhead Arete, head a bit further east to the base of the spire and locate an easy looking corner system. From here, climb up about 30' to a fixed pin, and continue up crack system, passing a scrub oak. Continue up a chimney, making a few tricky moves past another fixed pin. Belay at a good stance.

Pitch 2 involves some airy face climbing on featured rock. There are a couple of fixed pins on this pitch as well, and you can get gear in here and there.

The summit provides a great view of the Valley, Half Dome, Glacier Point, The Sentinel, Ahwahnee Meadow, and Mount Starr King.

From the top, 1 rap (watch your rope ends) puts you at the notch between the Spire and the Arete. One more rap sets you up for climbing Arrowhead Arete.


Same as for Arrowhead Arete.


Light rack. There are a few fixed pins on the route as well.


Michael Dom  
The hike is terrible but the view is amazing. May 25, 2017
Thomas Laursen
Huntington Beach, CA
Thomas Laursen   Huntington Beach, CA
The 5.6 chimney "warm-up" is the most physical part of the day. We linked the spire in one pitch with a 70M and little simulclimbing. The rapp straight to the notch is rad, allowing you to dive right into the arete. May 31, 2016
Wesley Ashwood
Squamish, BC
Wesley Ashwood   Squamish, BC
Did it in one long pitch with a 70m and a little simuling on really easy terrain. Aug 2, 2010
Doug Hemken
Madison, WI
Doug Hemken   Madison, WI  
I had mixed feeling about doing this route a couple of years ago. Didn't like the climbing all that much, but loved the position and the rappel over to Arrowhead Arete. Do it for the adventure. Jun 9, 2009