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Elephant Rock is a great shady destination similar to the Rostrum. The lower reaches are home to some great climbs such as Hotline, Pink Dream, and Fatal Mistake (all on the Worst Error Pinnacle), whereas the upper wall (the Killer Pillar -- approached via HW 41) has a few wild sport climbs. Fatal Mistake is the insanely good-looking splitter visible from the road, and commonly confused to be Hotline (also clearly visible from the road if one knows what to look for).
For the Worst Error Pinnacle and routes at the base: From the intersection of HW 120 and 140, head just over 2 miles west on 140. Park at the long, paved pullout by the stone wall (commonly used to approach Cookie Cliff). Walk downstream and descend (in the vicinity of the retaining wall) down to the river and cross opposite a giant boulder (the Monster Boulder) on the far shore. Pick up a trail up to the base of the wall. You may end up doing a bit of bushwacking as this trail is difficult to locate on the way up. This trail cuts back upstream towards the Worst Error Pinnacle. In any case, be careful of Poison Oak.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Elephant Rock:
Pink Dream 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, 2 pitches, 300'
Crashline 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Hotline 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, 7 pitches
Fun Terminal 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
Fatal Mistake 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Trad, 3 pitches, 300'
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Hotline 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Elephant Rock
Hotline, commonly thought to be the first 5.12 in the Valley (though this is not actually the case), is a fantastic crack system that has the "feel" of a cragging route even though it's technically 7 pitches long. It takes the obvious roof to splitter system on the left side of the main face of the giant pillar on Elephant Rock. This system climbs along the margin of a rectangular orange scar of rock -- many people incorrectly assume that the beautiful splitter of Fatal Mistake which is visibl...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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