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Leaning Tower, The Rock Climbing 

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This is the next main rock down the path from the observation tower, and it holds some easier climbing than the nearby Oberman's Rock. You will find some beginner climbs in the 5.3 - 5.7 range, and also a few other tougher climbs up to a 5.11a.

You this rock also faces primarily southeast, so you will find yourself in the sun until it passes over the nearby hillside.

All routes should be top roped, though you could probably trad lead some of the easier routes. All routes can also be walked off, and access from the top is most easily achieved walking southward from the top of Oberman's Rock .

The gently overhung 5.10b eastern face climb is an excellent sustained workout, and the arete just to the left of the east face is a great 5.9 jug haul.

Getting There 

From the parking lot, head .3 miles up the plank trail to just below the lookout tower. Instead of going right up the finished stone path to the observation tower, continue along the trail to the south.

Oberman's Rock will come into view shortly, it being the only severly overhung rock that is large enough to be more than a boulder problem.

About 25 yards later, there will be a narrow trail heading sharply downhill, which will take you to Oberman's rock.

Continue another fifty yards south, and you will find The Leaning Tower. Most of the climbs are around the corner from the view taken from Oberman's Rock.

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Classic Climbing Routes in Leaning Tower, The

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Leaning Tower, The:
Southeastern Arete   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   
Eastern Face   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 30'   
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Southeastern Arete 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a California : San Francisco Bay Area : ... : Leaning Tower, The
Climb the juggy arete on the initially overhung southeast corner of the rock. A great pumpy route, with holds appearing as the route progresses. There is also a great undercling just before the final roof, though the route can be finished either by climbing around the final bulge to the left, or around it to the right.A trad fall will drop you a fair ways down into a bush if you fall before your first placement. This is also the toughest part of the route, so don't fall....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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