At the end of the climb an the start of the descen...
Pinnacles West Side is home of a multitude of excellent multi-pitch and easier/moderate single pitch face climbs. Highlights include excellent moderate, single-pitch lines (5.6 - 5.10a) on the Flumes Formation
, Elephant Rock
and Machete Ridge
. There is also an abundance of two to seven pitch lines in the 5.9 to 5.11 range on The Balconies
, Machete Ridge
, The Citadel
, and Resurrection Wall.
The West Side has more of an adventurous feel to it. Many of the multi-pitch routes have a (no-longer-deserved) reputation for loose rock and scary bolts. Nearly all routes have been re-bolted with modern/bomber hardware. Much of loose rock has been cleaned off over the years. The setting of many routes more than offsets the occasional loose hold.
Please be respectful of other users of the West Side. Climbers have spent many years developing a working relation with the NPS. Please stay on the marked use-trails and leave the loud boom-boxes at home.
Please be aware of closures for birds from MLK Day to early July: nps.gov/pinn/planyourvisit/adv...
Weather station 1.5 miles from here
43 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',18],['2 Stars',21],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in West Side
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for West Side:
Featured Route For West Side
Lava Falls 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
: Central Coast
: ... : The Balconies
Two magnificent pitches of wild stemming up a spooky black groove on the Balconies. Pitch one involves steep knob climbing between sometimes sparsely-placed bolts. An occasional knob can be tied off, but the steep crux comes between a gap in protection opportunities. Pitch 2 requires more hip-cramping stemming up the water-hardened chute. This pitch is not to be missed. At the time of this writing, not all bolts are inspiring, and some loose rock is present....[more] Browse More Classics in California
A beautiful hunk of rock.