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Rixon's Pinnacle Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,165'
Location: 37.73705, -119.61 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Bryan G on Dec 18, 2011


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This is the 500ft tall exfoliation slab located along the base of Middle Brother. It has a wide, flat, and brush covered summit. It is located to the left of The Folly and to the right of the Koko Ledge area (the large white slab) which was decimated by rockfall in the 80's.

Like the GPA and the Folly, Rixon's has a notorious reputation as a rockfall zone which scares away most of the crowds. Despite it's 15 minute walk from Camp 4, you will probably have the place to yourself.

Personally I think the rockfall hazard is somewhat overstated, but climb at your own risk. Here's a supertopo thread with some more opinions on the rockfall and some insightful history to boot.

Getting There 

Drive (or walk) 0.4 miles past Camp 4. Park at a small turnout whenever you get the chance, then walk for 5 minutes through the forest and up to the base.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.7 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Rixon's Pinnacle

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Rixon's Pinnacle:
West Face   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   
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West Face 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  California : Yosemite National Park : ... : Rixon's Pinnacle
This is a fun route which used to be a lot more popular until a major rockfall scared everyone off. Unlike the East Chimney route, the West Face is more directly under the fall zone. There's no flattened hangers, rock scars on the wall, damaged trees, or any other signs really of rock hitting the route. So I think most of the rockfall maybe impacted the slabs higher up Middle Brother and deflected out away from the wall. Due to the lack of traffic in the past 20 years, nature has begun to reclai...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By Bryan G
From: Yosemite
Dec 18, 2011
This page, along with The Folly and Camp 4 Wall could be organized under a "Middle Brother" page to reduce clutter on the main Yosemite Valley listing.

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