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Devils Staircase  Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 8,227'
Location: 33.76248, -116.67424 View Map  Incorrect?
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BETA PHOTO: Devils Staircase as seen from summit of Tahquitz!!...


The Devils Staircase AKA The Ampitheater AKA The Palisades, is the giant terraced band of splitter cliffs, running just south of the Devils Slide Trail. Huge abundance of splitter crags on great rock, with some climbs being three or more pitches!

Getting There 

You can drop in or descend the Devils Slide trail, or follow Strawberry Creek drainage for days!

Climbing Season

For the Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks area.

Weather station 2.4 miles from here

1 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Devils Staircase

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Devils Staircase :
The Dark Angel   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 900'   The Dark Angel Buttress
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Rock Climbing Photo: Starting up pitch 3!!! The Ultimate Splitter Finge...

The Dark Angel 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a California : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : ... : The Dark Angel Buttress
The Dark Angel AKA The Dark Angel Buttress Direct, is the obvious striking splitter system running up the entirety of the Dark Angel Buttress. Holy Shit Wow what a line, is all I have to say about this one!!!Begin with 60m 4th class scramble up toe of buttress, shooting for large tree on climbers right just before climbing steepens and real first pitch begins.P1. Climb (The Chute) steep 5.6 50m varied pitch, will lead you to a large sloping terrace/ledge with fixed red webbing around the large m...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: The Devils Staircase!!!
The Devils Staircase!!!
Rock Climbing Photo: Devils staircase as seen from Suicide rock!!!
Devils staircase as seen from Suicide rock!!!
Rock Climbing Photo: Classic So Cal sunset alpinglo on The Devils Stair...
Classic So Cal sunset alpinglo on The Devils Stair...

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By Keith Leaman
Apr 16, 2015
Dave Mahr and I climbed several routes on this formation in 1975. Good name for the place with tons of climbs. We called it the amphitheater. Cheers!
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