(d) Northwest Recess Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Tahquitz Rock overview, Idyllwild
The Northwast Recess is located between the Maiden Buttress on the right and the North Buttress to the left. It can be seen from the parking area of Humbler park. The right-facing corner/dihedral that extends almost to the top is Whodunit (5.9).
Descent: Is either down the Friction Route or the North Gully.
Take the Climber Trail to Lunch Rock. From Lunch Rock head straight left for awhile then slightly down to get around the Maiden Buttress. After around the Maiden Buttress angle up and left. Looks up for the Whodunit Dihedral, it is not hard to miss.
Weather station 1.9 miles from here
17 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in (d) Northwest Recess
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for (d) Northwest Recess:
The Error 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, 6 pitches, 800'
Wong Climb 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
The Swallow 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 6 pitches, 800'
Whodunit 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 8 pitches, 800'
Edgehogs 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, 7 pitches, 800'
The Souvenir 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
R Trad, 7 pitches, 1000'
Featured Route For (d) Northwest Recess
The Long Climb 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c California
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The far right side of the Northwest Recess are two parallel cracks that merge about 200 ft up. The climb start with the right of the 2 cracks. But 99% of the climbers take the left crack which is the Wong Climb. This is a better crack. Pitch 1 - take the wider right crack to a nice ledge with a 2 bolt anchor. Pitch 2 - move to the left crack (The Mummy Crack) to a wide sloping ledge. Pitch 3 - up and right over a small roof to a Mohagany. Belay here. Pitch 4 - friction up and left across ...[more] Browse More Classics in California
BETA PHOTO: Northwest Recess
By Roger Linfield
Feb 24, 2006
An alternative descent (and the easiest one) is to scramble southeast to a saddle and then take a trail clockwise around the rock.