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The Taj Mahal Rock Climbing 

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Location: 39.28349, -105.07417 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Richard M. Wright on Sep 30, 2003  with updates from Jay Eggleston
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For its striking mushroom top, appealing contours, and high quality routes, the Taj Mahal is arguably the best crag in the JC drainage. Routes run pretty much around the crag with some excellent multi-pitch lines running to the top from both the North and South side. There are a few fully bolted slab/face routes that can be accessed from the ground, however, most routes will be either classic trad cracks or mix it up with trad and bolt pitches. Off the ground on the South side is the near classic 5.11 clip-up with no presently published name (far left). To the right of this is a terrific crack and corner system, also with no published name, but striking for the line it follows. The North side is similarly equipped with a few slab/face lines off the deck and some mixed multi-pitch lines that run to the top. Classic multi-pitch routes that gain the summit are Air to the Thrown on the South and Pili Pili on the North. There is some useful data in the Hubble guide, but this can be sketchy. Overall, The Taj Mahal offers superb climbing on largely excellent stone, requires a full rack of camming toys and a dozen draws. Double ropes are recommended since many of the belay stances don't have double bolt anchors. The best descent from the top is to rap West in three stages.

Getting There 

The Taj Mahal is about a mile East of Jackson Creek Dome and on the left (West) side of the road. There is an intermittant trail on the North drainage.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.8 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Taj Mahal

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Taj Mahal:
Meat Pipe   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 130'   
Too Young to Fly   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
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