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Motherlode Rock Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 7,500'
Location: 34.3088, -116.8782 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

Bordering the northern edge of the main Pinnacles is this farily long and slender formation with a good variety of routes on almost all of it's sides.

The east face is shorter and slabbier and is home to such fun routes as Shantytown Swing (5.6), Wildrose (5.6), Golden Nugget (5.10a) and Out of Our Mines (5.10d).

The narrow north face features the popular Whiptail (5.9), Powder Keg (5.10a) and Short Fuse (5.10b).

Perhaps the best side of the crag, the taller west face has such gems as Panning For Gold (5.10b), Mighty Quinn (5.10c), Stake Your Claim (5.10d) and Long Arm Of The Law (5.11a).

Getting There 

Most easily approached from the northern parking area by walking east past the Incinerator Wall, at which point the wall comes into view and is obvious. The approach takes about 2-3 minutes and follows a well-defined trail.

Also reached from the vicinity of the Ampitheatre (Claim Jumper Wall, Gunsmoke Wall, Thunderbird Wall) by following any of several trails northeast to reach the formation. Plan on 3-5 minutes for this approach.

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.5 miles from here

33 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',18],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',7],['5.7',1],['5.8',2],['5.9',4],['5.10',13],['5.11',6],['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 Motherlode Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Motherlode Rock:
Fools Gold   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Motherlode Rock - East Face
Psychedelic Sluice   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Motherlode Rock - East Face
Grizzly Wizard   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Motherlode Rock - North Fac...
Whiptail   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Motherlode Rock - North Fac...
Golden Showers   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Motherlode Rock - West Face
Fire in the Hole   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Motherlode Rock - East Face
Golden Nugget   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Motherlode Rock - East Face
Powder Keg   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Motherlode Rock - North Fac...
Reach for the Sky   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Motherlode Rock - West Face
Nitroglycerine   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Motherlode Rock - North Fac...
Short Fuse   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Motherlode Rock - North Fac...
Panning for Gold   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Motherlode Rock - West Face
Lodestone   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Motherlode Rock - East Face
Mighty Quinn   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Motherlode Rock - West Face
Stake Your Claim   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Motherlode Rock - West Face
Out of Our Mines   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Motherlode Rock - East Face
Long Arm of The Law   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Motherlode Rock - West Face
Black Bart   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Motherlode Rock - East Face
Motherlode   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Motherlode Rock - East Face
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Featured Route For Motherlode Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: mighty quinn

Mighty Quinn 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  California : San Bernardino Mountains : ... : Motherlode Rock - West Face
In my opinion one of the best 5.10s at HVP. An excellent athletic exercise on steep rock with good flakes. There's a tricky little bit at about half-height, but save some strength for the crux finishing moves....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: Mike Williams on Mighty Quinn (5.10c), Holcomb Val...
Mike Williams on Mighty Quinn (5.10c), Holcomb Val...
Rock Climbing Photo: Powder Keg (5.10a), Holcomb Valley Pinnacles
Powder Keg (5.10a), Holcomb Valley Pinnacles
Rock Climbing Photo: Lizard's Head on the North West corner of Motherlo...
Lizard's Head on the North West corner of Motherlo...

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