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North Peak, East Face

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North Peak, East Face Rock Climbing 

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Following on the awesome 5.8 cracks of Lichen or L...


The North side of Seneca that faces away from route 33. Gets Sun until at least noon, however this face is slightly more shaded than the east face of the south peak due to the tree cover in the summer months.

Getting There
Hike up the east face trail from Roy Gap Road (standard approach). Or you can hike up the trail to the visitor's overlook and come down the back side of Seneca.

Getting There 

The East face trail from Roy Gap road may be the longest approach at Seneca, but it's well worth the walk.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.1 miles from here

15 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in North Peak, East Face

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for North Peak, East Face:
Roux   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a     Trad, 2 pitches, 80'   
Rox Salt   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Lichen or Leave It   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Finger Stinger   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Desperado   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   
Unrelenting Verticality   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   
Streptococcus   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 50'   
Great Impostor   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Bandito   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Psychoprophylaxis   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   
Helter Skelter   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
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Featured Route For North Peak, East Face
Rock Climbing Photo: Psychopro.  Amazing line.

Psychoprophylaxis 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  West Virginia : Seneca Rocks : North Peak, East Face
Climb up the face to gain access to a left facing corner with a fingers crack in the dihedral. Climb the corner until the crack stops(crux). From this point if you continue straight up, you will join the finish of Great Impostor. Instead, place some good gear and head right and up aiming for a large ledge with a tree. The last 20 Ft is much easier than the rest of the route, but there's not much gear. Although the last section is somewhat overhanging, you are on really positive holds, just ...[more]   Browse More Classics in West Virginia

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By FanZ
From: Washington, DC
Jul 11, 2016
What is the standard means of descent for topping out on climbs (e.g., Roux, Lichen or Leave It) on the North Peak, East Face? Rap the East Face or West Face (single or double ropes?)? How does one find the walk off from the summit of the North Peak to the hiker's trail?
By Derek Glover
Sep 2, 2016
Once you gain the North Peak. The walk off to the north descent trail which joins the hiking trail is easy class III. Be careful in a couple of narrow slick spots but is no big deal and does not require ropes. From the overlook, the hikers trail will take you down to the visitors entrance.
By FanZ
From: Washington, DC
Sep 28, 2016
Thanks, Derek. After topping out on pitch 2 of Roux, I found myself on a fairly narrow summit ridge, with lichen-covered rock all around me, and did not see any obvious way to continue north, and certainly nothing resembling easy class III. If you or anyone else stumble up this comment thread again, would you mind taking a look at the comment I left on 8/17/15 on MP page for Roux? I topped out at the red circle on that image in that comment and could not find a way to proceed going north (and ended up down climbing pitch 2 of Roux). Any advice would be much appreciated!