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West Side Rock Climbing 


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Location: 36.4918, -121.2096 View Map  Incorrect?
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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 

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Closest gas station is in the neighboring town of Soledad.

Climbing Season



Weather station 1.5 miles from here

45 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',19],['2 Stars',20],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',9],['5.7',3],['5.8',5],['5.9',7],['5.10',14],['5.11',4],['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
Old Original   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 6 pitches, 800'   Machete Ridge
Twinkle Toes Traverse   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Machete Ridge
Walk the Plank   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Chockstone Dome
Regular Route   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Elephant Rock
The Inn Crowd   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 190'   The Balconies
Tilting Terrace   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 120'   Flumes Formation
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
Rebecca's Sailing   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Flumes Formation
Bits and Pieces   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   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
Shake-N-Bake   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   The Balconies
Nipples and Knobs   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Flumes Formation
Machete Direct    5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b A1 R     Trad, Sport, Aid, 6 pitches, 700'   Machete Ridge
Mission Impossible   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport   Whitetail Rock
Power Tools   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 4 pitches, 400'   The Citadel
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
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