Ridge 4 aka Mohling Arete Rock Climbing
John Baldwin on 2nd lead of Fire on the Mountain, ...
The fourth of four main ridges on the north side of Skunk Canyon as you bushwack in. Almost all the routes are on the west face, none of which I have done. It's pretty and remote, with beautiful views of the Sacred Cliffs.
Take the Mesa trail to skunk canyon. North of NCAR where the trail dives down and then back up, follow it up the switchbacks until the last one, then take the trail around the fence and head back into skunk canyon. You'll stay on the right side of the canyon for a while, then abruptly switch to the left side about 15 feet above the creek. After 500 yards you'll come to an incredibly huge boulder forming a cave with a wall on the south side of the creek. You can cruise through this cave via a small hole (low 5th class) or go around to the right. From here, continue another 300 yards up and right.
The base of the east face is a very low angled slab with a roof ending on the east end with a flaring crack running out of that corner. About 50 feet above that corner you can see a crack/flake system about 20 feet above the ground that leads up to the ridge.
For descent, you can scramble down the gullies on either side of the rock, or continue up to the pinnacle above you. We elected to bushwack from there n/nw, meeting up with the Green Mountain trail just before the summit. Not sure that this is the most efficient way of getting home...
Climbing Season For the Skunk Canyon area.
Weather station 3.2 miles from here
6 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
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