The lower of 3 tiers at Stonewall Peak. The rightmost tier as viewed from the approach. Hosts the area classic "Frito Bandito". Much of the rock here is crumbly and can cause headache when face climbing as well as serious rope drag due to being J-Tree grainy. Use of slings and back-cleaning gear can help with rope drag issue.
Head up from the hiker's trail or down from the peak. Continue over the railing, in the direction the trail was going before it ended and scramble down from there.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Lower Tier:
Slim Shady 5.8 Trad, 1 pitch, 100 feet
Smoky Strikes back 5.9 Trad, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Frito Bandito 5.9+ Trad, 1 pitch, 100 feet
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Slim Shady 5.8 CA : San Diego County : ... : Lower Tier
Fun variation the end of Shady Lane on the Lower Tier of Stonewall Peak. Head up the chimney to a headwall of sorts on your right. Go straight up this. Surprising hands appear where you need them to give this climb its unsuspecting moderate grade. Head up to the Lower Tier bolted rap anchor....[more] Browse More Classics in CA