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Left Flank Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Art Morimitsu on Feb 26, 2007  with updates from Benjamin Chapman

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As one approaches the western end of cliff band that forms Echo Cliffs, along the Mishe Mokwa Trail, the great orange faces that make up the Dihedrals sector of Echo Cliffs come into view below the obvious spire of Balanced Rock. The Left Flank is the left page of the huge left most orange open book. The right side of the book is the Java Wall. The Left Flank is the farthest left or western end of the main cliff line. This wall contains seven routes ranging in difficulty from 5.8 - 5.10d.

The Left Flank is shaded in the morning and in the late afternoon and is extremely popular due the relatively modest approach compared to other parts of Echo Cliffs, the moderate grades, and its proximity to the Java Wall.

Getting There 

From the Grotto head up and right

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.0 miles from here

7 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Left Flank

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Left Flank:
The Sumac Route   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Black Tide   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Wet Bush   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 60'   
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Featured Route For Left Flank
Rock Climbing Photo: Sumac Route.

The Sumac Route 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  California : Los Angeles Basin : ... : Left Flank
Climbs the face on the left side of the crack with the sumac bush growing out of the top. Fun, varied, steep climbing on edges and pockets. The bolting is little bit "sporty" compared to some of the Echo moderates, but the protection is where you need it. Traverses right under the sumac to finish. Shares the anchor with Morning Glory....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

Photos of Left Flank Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The Left Flank & Java Wall.
The Left Flank & Java Wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Left Flank & Java Wall.
The Left Flank & Java Wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbers sharing the bench and enjoying the day at...
Climbers sharing the bench and enjoying the day at...
Rock Climbing Photo: The "Upper Tier," at Echo Cliffs, on a b...
The "Upper Tier," at Echo Cliffs, on a b...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Left Flank
BETA PHOTO: The Left Flank

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By Jeffrey Lieberman
Dec 30, 2013
The route ends with the anchor on the wall to the right. This necessitates facing the anchor itself by stemming. If you find yourself too high in the corner and you should have turned around you will end up in trouble and have to clip from behind.

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