(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
Edgehogs 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b California
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P1: (5.10A) - Follow the corner left of Whodunit to a short crack with a pin and a bolt. Continue to bolted belay.P2: (5.11-) - Move up and clip a bolt. Make a very tricky move (5.10+) to the right and up for the next bolt. The pin in the 2001 guide is missing, a small cam will fit. Continue up through 5 more bolts with a 5.11 move (never truly on the arete ). Move right toward the arete for another cruxy section over the roof to a 2 bolt belay in an alcove.P3: (5.10) - Tricky 5.10 moves o...[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.