BETA PHOTO: The backside of Table Mountain from Highway 108 on...
This sport area is much like the other areas on the back of TableMountain, except that the rock here is considerably morepolished, making otherwise excellent footholds into slickinteresting nightmares. Resultingly, you will find the toughestclimbing on the backside of Table Mountain here, but you stillwon't find things anywhere near has hard as on the frontside ofTable Mountain.
The routes are all sport, ranging from 5.9 - 5.11b. There's alsoone project, that as far as I know has not been climbed. Itlooks dirty and smooth, though not exceedingly difficult. Anygear you find on this project should not be considered adequateprotection.
This and all the other back areas are in the sun in the midday,and see shade in the morning and late afternoon.Due to the longerapproach, it is obvious that these areas aren'tvisited quite as often as the front areas, though for 5.10climbers, this back is where you want to be.
Approach time: 43 - 63 minutes
From the second gate (in your car). Park immediately after thesecond gate, and you will see two white gates. One is straightahead, and one is to the left. You want to take the gate on theleft, which is always locked. This leads you onto a wide fairlyunused service trail that gently climbs uphill. this routeuuphill, following the brown trail signs with arrows on them.
After about 1/4 of a mile, you will notice a smaller trail thatheads to the left, which you should take. Going straight leadsyou to the fissures. Following this narrow trail uphill andaround overgrown everything, WATCH OUT FOR POISON OAK. This willhead to less gently uphill switchbacks, which take you to the topof the mountain rather quickly.
Once at the top, you will find yourself in a huge upen area,which is quite georgeous, but WATCH OUT FOR SNAKES. You will see3 small Oak trees in the distance a little right from the ridge,which you should hea towards. There is no large trail headingover there, and there probably won't be anytime soon. Head tothe left tree, and you will find the STEEP downtrail heading leftoff the top about 20 yards from the leftmost (easternmost) tree.
This sketchy trail is covered in poision oak, and will go eastand away from the edge for a while, for a while, and then willhead back to the right and towards the cliff.
The first rock you see on the right with bolts on it is The FarSide. If you continue down (approx 20 yards) the scree field, atthe bottom you will find a trail heading right in the rocks, butat the bottom. This will head towards the right, and will head alittle ways West. It will then head uphill and back towards therock, and as soon you can see the wall, you will be right infront of the waterfall route. If you continue along the face,you will see the many bolted routes of the rest of the SeniorWall. Continue to the far West end of Senior Wall, where youwill find a trail heading further west that branches temporarilyoff the wall, but not very far. This will head through sometrees, and will very shortly (100 yards or so) head back to thewall. continue along through a grove of poison oak, and you willfind the bolts of the Apache Fort.
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Fort Apache:
This route continues upwards and right from the shared topanchor above Spin Doctor (5.10d), Jug Addict (5.10d), andMiles Beyond (5.11b).Avoid the temptation to move up and left to the close bolt,as this is actually a variation linking Jug Addict with theContinuation. Going from the belay anchor to the left boltwill make for some serious rope drag high up.Head up to the first bolt, and then follow the crack systemright to the next bolt, which is right next to the topanchor for Man with One Rad s...[more]Browse More Classics in CA