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Left Flank  

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Submitted By: Art Morimitsu on Feb 26, 2007  with updates from Benjamin Chapman


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As one approaches the western end of cliff band that forms Echo Cliffs, along the Mishe Mokwa Trail, the great orange faces that make up the Dihedrals sector of Echo Cliffs come into view below the obvious spire of Balanced Rock. The Left Flank is the left page of the huge left most orange open book. The right side of the book is the Java Wall. The Left Flank is the farthest left or western end of the main cliff line. This wall contains seven routes ranging in difficulty from 5.8 - 5.10d.

The Left Flank is shaded in the morning and in the late afternoon and is extremely popular due the relatively modest approach compared to other parts of Echo Cliffs, the moderate grades, and its proximity to the Java Wall.

Getting There 

From the Grotto head up and right

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.0 miles from here

7 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Left Flank:
Morning Glory   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
The Sumac Route   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Black Tide   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Bushed Coyote   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Featured Route For Left Flank
Approaching the anchors on "Black Tide"

Black Tide 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  CA : Los Angeles Basin : ... : Left Flank
"Black Tide" ascends the prominent black water streak on the right side of the Left Flank, between "B-line" and "Espresso." Positive holds lead to a lower angle section at mid-height. Pockets and small edges on the steep black flake lead to a horizontal and stemming to reach the 2-ring Fixe anchor on the right wall....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Left Flank Slideshow Add Photo
The "Upper Tier," at Echo Cliffs, on a b...
The "Upper Tier," at Echo Cliffs, on a b...
The Left Flank
BETA PHOTO: The Left Flank
The pattern is definitely full!! Leaders climbing ...
The pattern is definitely full!! Leaders climbing ...
The Left Flank & Java Wall.
The Left Flank & Java Wall.

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By Jeffrey Lieberman
Dec 30, 2013
The route ends with the anchor on the wall to the right. This necessitates facing the anchor itself by stemming. If you find yourself too high in the corner and you should have turned around you will end up in trouble and have to clip from behind.
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