Second Buttress Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: The Elephant Buttresses. Most routes start off th...
The Second Buttress has several good climbs: Tough Situation (9+) and Classic Finger Crack (9) are somewhat popular. Pine Tree Route (5) is a great beginner's lead.
, 10 X, 2p, 130', gear.
B. Tough Situation
, 10-, 1p, 60', gear.
C. Avalon Rising
, 12, 1p, bolts & gear or TR.
D. Classic Finger Crack
, 9, 1p, 60', gear.
E. Pine Tree Route
, 5, 1p, 100', gear.
, 6, 1p, 80', gear.
Take the climber's access trail to the water pipe, and walk right, past the First Buttress, to the base of the Second Buttress.
You can access Tough Situation
and Classic Finger Crack
from the water pipe by scrambling up a gully to a platform below the summit block. Or you can hike up to the top by taking a path just left of the First Buttress
. Then head right and scramble down between the First
and Second Buttress, and do a 3rd-class traverse over to the start of these routes; see photo. Pine Tree Route
begins just above the water pipe, just left of the gully between the Second and Third Buttress.
The fastest descent from the top is a rappel from the tree atop Pine Tree Route
. The easiest walk-off is down a trail just left of the First Buttress
Weather station 2.2 miles from here
6 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Second Buttress
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Second Buttress:
Avalon Rising 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad, Sport, TR, 1 pitch
Featured Route For Second Buttress
Pine Tree Route 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a CO
: Boulder Canyon
: ... : Second Buttress
This route climbs a short distance up the dihedral between the Second and Third Elephant Buttresses a few feet before traversing left into a good crack system. Then, (about halfway up the pitch) the route takes off upwards, then left on multiple easy cracks toward a large pine-tree on a ledge. Good jams, good face-holds, and good feet. The gear is quite reasonable, although there are a few spots between cracks where it will not be overhead.This system appears at the right hand edge of the att...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
BETA PHOTO: Second Elephant Buttress 1. Tough Situation (5.9+...
BETA PHOTO: The Second Elephant Buttress. The easiest approac...