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Castle Rock - Black Tower Buttress

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Castle Rock - Black Tower Buttress  


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Elevation: 7,400'
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Administrators: C Miller, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: C Miller on Mar 21, 2007
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Description 

This is a jutting, somewhat low-angled buttress with a vertical headwall above that's located just right of the Castle Rock - Southeast Face and literally around the corner from the Castle Rock - East Face.

Only one route climbs the lower portion of the buttress proper, but both Crossbow (5.8) and Black Tower Crack (5.7) ascend cracks that lead to the top of the buttress and the base of the headwall.

Three routes currently exist on the headwall with Headwall Center (5.10b) being the best. Descent is via rappel from the top of the formation.

Getting There 

Easily reached by walking around left from the east face or by heading right from the rest of the rock. See the main Castle Rock page for additional approach information.

Climbing Season



Weather station 0.5 miles from here

3 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',3],['5.11',0],['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]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Castle Rock - Black Tower Buttress:
Headwall Center   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
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View from Black buttress ledge anchors and the start of the headwall climbs

Headwall Right 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  CA : San Bernardino Mountains : ... : Castle Rock - Black Tower B...
Gain access to this upper pitch by climbing Crossbow or Black Tower Crack (starts on the belay ledge). From the anchors move right past 2 bolts on an airy traverse, then up into a small seam then meander towards the right on bigger face holds.Belay at large tree or gear anchor...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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There is one route on this face w/ 2 old bolts (it starts outside of this photo and makes it way up towards the arete on the skyline). The other routes are on the other side.
BETA PHOTO: There is one route on this face w/ 2 old bolts (it...

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