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Altar of Algoot

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Altar of Algoot Rock Climbing 


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Location: 33.75856, -116.67722 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

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!!!

Climbing Season

For the Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks area.

Weather station 2.2 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',1],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Altar of Algoot

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Altar of Algoot:
The Altar Buttress   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 12 pitches, 1700'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Detailed TOPO of The Paisley Buttress Route. Climb...

The Paisley Buttress 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a  California : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : ... : Altar of Algoot
This majestic and elegant line follows the large obvious protrusion jetting down the North Face of the Altar. The most natural line flowing up this false buttress streams up and right, following the right trending arch system to the large gully / ramp system, never quite gaining the ridge of The Altar. It will top out in the final notch just below the true summit and just after the false summit. I feel like it is a 1000' back country version of The Trough, with a super splitt...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

Photos of Altar of Algoot Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The buttress is on the left and Tahquitz is on the...
The buttress is on the left and Tahquitz is on the...
Rock Climbing Photo: Tahquitz and Suicide from the Altar Buttress.
Tahquitz and Suicide from the Altar Buttress.
Rock Climbing Photo: Zoomed in shot of two climbers on Tahquitz's summi...
Zoomed in shot of two climbers on Tahquitz's summi...
Rock Climbing Photo: Julian getting alpine on The Altar Buttress!
Julian getting alpine on The Altar Buttress!
Rock Climbing Photo: Julian way out there on the Step Around Tower pitc...
Julian way out there on the Step Around Tower pitc...
Rock Climbing Photo: Chris Norwood high on The Paisley Butress!!!
Chris Norwood high on The Paisley Butress!!!
Rock Climbing Photo: yeah, time to ride.  all down from here...
yeah, time to ride. all down from here...
Rock Climbing Photo: Hunter Reinig with big exposure during the FA of t...
Hunter Reinig with big exposure during the FA of t...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Altar in all its Glory!!!
The Altar in all its Glory!!!
Rock Climbing Photo: Jonathan Reinig high on The Paisley Buttress!!!!
Jonathan Reinig high on The Paisley Buttress!!!!
Rock Climbing Photo: On the summit block of Indian Buttress with the Al...
On the summit block of Indian Buttress with the Al...
Rock Climbing Photo: North Face of the Altar!
North Face of the Altar!

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By pigsflyinsd
From: San Diego, CA
Aug 27, 2017
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.

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