Machete Ridge Area Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Picture topo of the upper West Face of Machete Rid...
This crazy 700 foot wall holds some excellent routes, some trad,most sport. It's about 1/2 a mile long, so there's something foranyone willing to lead 5.8 and above, and willing to commit atleast a few hours (if not a whole day) for some multipitch fun.You can also boulder in the arch, which is pretty easy to get toif you're on the west side of Pinnicles National Monument.
Type of rock... All sorts of shit. Volcanically generated looseshit that's scary and fun as hell.
This rock will be in the sun part of the day, and in the shadesome, depending on what you're climbing.
Classics: Machete Direct (5.12a or 5.8 A2) and Destiny (5.8).
Approach time: 15 minutes.From the West end parking lot, take the trail leading down to theBalconies and The Machete Ridge Area. After walking through aserious of large rocks (some up to 150' tall), you will finallyhave the Machete in view, in all of it's magnificance.The trail will lead into the Arch, which is a 300 foot long archthat allows some seriously highball bouldering, and thepossibility for a really really heinous start of a short route.
Weather station 1.5 miles from here
8 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Machete Ridge Area
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Machete Ridge Area:
Dos Equis 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
R Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Machete Direct 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
A1 R Trad, Sport, Aid, 6 pitches, 700'
Cuidado! 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, 5 pitches, 500'
Son of Dawn Wall 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
A0-1 PG13 Trad, Sport, Aid, 4 pitches, 500'
Featured Route For Machete Ridge Area
Cuidado! 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b California
: Central Coast
: ... : Machete Ridge Area
This route, due to incessant rock rain down in the cave below, is CLOSED. Which sucks, since it's a sweet route! Check the postings in the park, it might open back up. Cuidado is Spanish for BE CAREFUL. If this does open back up and you can climb it again, be mindful with the rockfall that you cause on the way up. If someone was hit by some of the crud falling off of the upper pitches of the rock, this would be a nasty blow, with no hope for rapid rescue. It's at least 3/4 of a mile back on t...[more] Browse More Classics in California
Machete Ridge. Photo by Blitzo.
By Bruce Hildenbrand
Oct 25, 2016
Just to let all climbers know that for the first time in over 100 years a baby condor has been born at the Pinnacles! The nest is on the south end of Machete Ridge which means that all climbs in that area from just past Corona/Destiny and wrapping around to include Derringer, Old Original, and Hideout are closed during the year 2016.
Check the Friends of Pinnacles website pinnacles.org or the NPS website nps.gov/pinn/index.htm for more information.
Jul 25, 2003
huh? 1 1/2 miles long?
Not even close.I dare say it's not even a 1/2 mile long. A 1/4 mile? Doubt it.