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Tourist Trap

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L to R R to L Alpha
Angstrom's Away S 
Long and The Short of It, The T 
Nipple Jam T 
Pastie T 
Pickpocket S 
Plumber's Crack, The T 
Rat Face TR 
Rat Race T 
Tab's Flakes TR 
Thrill Hammer T,S 
Wee Little One S 

Tourist Trap Rock Climbing 


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Location: 36.47809, -121.18544 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: M. Morley on Nov 23, 2007  with updates from Nicole BI
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Description 

As the name might imply, Tourist Trap is a popular area not only with climbers but also with the passers by. It lies right off the main "Moses Springs" trail, a mere 5-minute walk from the parking area. There are a half-dozen or so moderate routes. The most popular is Rat Race, an improbable 5.7 that surmounts an intimidating roof. A single rope is sufficient to climb and descend all routes.

Route Index:

Pickpocket - 5.11b
Angstrom's Away - 5.10a
Wee Little One - 5.8
Rat Face - 5.10+ (TR)
Rat Race - 5.7
Happily Married Bachelor - 5.9
Thrill Hammer - 5.8+
Nipple Jam - 5.8

Getting There 

Park at the upper lot on the East Side (the road terminus past the visitor center). From here, hike up the "Moses Springs" trail for a short ways, perhaps 5 minutes, looking for a signed "Climber Access" post on the right.

Climbing Season



Weather station 0.4 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',4],['5.8',2],['5.9',2],['5.10',2],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Tourist Trap

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Tourist Trap:
Rat Race   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Pastie   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
The Plumber's Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Wee Little One   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Thrill Hammer   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
The Long and The Short of It   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 55'   
Rat Face   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     TR, 1 pitch   
Pickpocket   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport   
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Featured Route For Tourist Trap
Rock Climbing Photo: Sophie preparing to deadpoint to the sidepull.

Pickpocket 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  California : Central Coast : ... : Tourist Trap
Climb past two bolts and traverse to the crack on the right. Clip two bolts on the arete, traverse to the other side of the arete. Climb past three bolts to the anchor. As you approach Angstroms, the arete is visible above and behind the main Tourist Trap wall. Surprisingly dynamic for .11b. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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