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The Fourth Buttress has several good routes: Northwest Face, 8+; The Heartland, 9+; Zolar Czakl (Direct), 10- R. There is a small buttress on top of the 4th Buttress which contain a few more feet of climbing, if you are so inclined. Access for the right side of the buttress is unclear, so tread cautiously, please.
For routes on the left side of the face, there 2 alternatives. 1) more popular - cross the bridge, hike up to the water pipe, and walk right to the end of the pipe, at the tunnel between the Third and Fourth Buttress. 2) you can hike on the larger trail along the river to below the crag and do a loose scramble up to the buttress. You can belay here, anchoring in to a huge eye bolt in the rock or you can cautiously scramble across to below the face and create a belay.
There are multiple options for descent: 1) If the water level is low enough, the easier descent may be the water tunnel between the Third and Fourth Buttress. Be prepared for darkness and wet legs/feet; watch your head in the tunnel. 2) You can also scramble down between the Second and Third Buttress and rappel 90' from the tree atop Pine Tree Route. 3) You can downclimb the 4th class gully between the 2nd & 3rd buttresses. It is exposed, thus it is not ideal in the rain or with beginners. 4) If you're not in a hurry, you can walk down between the First Buttress and the Dome, and walk the water pipe all the way back to the Fourth Buttress.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Fourth Buttress:
Northwest Face 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch
Zolar Czakl 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
The Heartland 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Trad, 2 pitches, 210'
Zolar Czakl (Direct) 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a R Trad, TR, 1 pitch
Flake 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b R Trad, TR, 1 pitch
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Unknown Mixed Route aka The Green Gargoyle? 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b CO : Boulder Canyon : ... : Fourth Buttress
This route could be a lot better if it were cleaned up. However, this side of the rock draws few climbers, and it is unlikely to clean up from traffic - something more deliberate would be required... if you do it, please take a brush.From the "grassy ledge" on the Western side of the South Face of the 4th Elephant, search the wall above through some block bulges for 2 bolts, these are perhaps 15 meters to the right of the old aid roof. If you are having trouble distinguishing where the aid roo...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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