Route Guide    Journal    What's New    Partners    Forum        
Sign Up  |   Log In:Login with Facebook
REI Community
West Side

Select Area...
Balconies Bumps 
Balconies, The 
Chockstone Dome 
Citadel, The 
Elephant Rock 
Flumes Formation 
Game Show, The 
Machete Ridge 
Whitetail Rock 

West Side Rock Climbing 


Photos:  Recent | Best | Popular
Location: 36.4918, -121.2096 View Map  Incorrect?
Page Views: 34,717
Administrators: Aron Quiter, andy patterson, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Justin Johnsen, Salamanizer suchoski, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: M. Morley on Sep 29, 2011  with updates from Tony L
Forecast:
You & This Area
Best climbs for YOU in this area
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [1 person likes this page.]
At the end of the climb an the start of the descen...

Seasonal Raptor Closures MORE INFO >>>

Description 

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...

Getting There 

maps.google.com/maps?q=36.4918...

Closest gas station is in the neighboring town of Soledad.

Climbing Season



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]
['<=5.6',9],['5.7',3],['5.8',5],['5.9',7],['5.10',13],['5.11',3],['5.12',2],['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 West Side

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for West Side:
Costanoan   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Sport, 4 pitches   The Citadel
Twinkle Toes Traverse   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Machete Ridge
Old Original   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 6 pitches, 800'   Machete Ridge
The Inn Crowd   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 190'   The Balconies
Walk the Plank   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Chockstone Dome
Dos Equis   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Machete Ridge
Cool Daze   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Flumes Formation
Tilting Terrace   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 120'   Flumes Formation
Rebecca's Sailing   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Flumes Formation
Lava Falls   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   The Balconies
Kibbles and Bits   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Flumes Formation
Bits and Pieces   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Flumes Formation
Nipples and Knobs   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Flumes Formation
Shake-N-Bake   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   The Balconies
Machete Direct    5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b A1 R     Trad, Sport, Aid, 6 pitches, 700'   Machete Ridge
Power Tools   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 4 pitches, 400'   The Citadel
Mission Impossible   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport   Whitetail Rock
Cuidado!   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 5 pitches, 500'   Machete Ridge
Son of Dawn Wall   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c A0-1 PG13     Trad, Sport, Aid, 4 pitches, 500'   Machete Ridge
Truth or Consequences   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   The Game Show
Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in West Side

Featured Route For West Side
Rock Climbing Photo: Ladies and Gentlemen...Lava Falls.

Lava Falls 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a California : 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

Photos of West Side Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: A beautiful hunk of rock.
A beautiful hunk of rock.

Comments on West Side Add Comment
Show which comments
- none yet -