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The west face of the south peak contains many classic routes at Seneca. Highly featured and often exposed, it faces the vistor's center and the telescope viewing platform located there. On busy days, arrive early or you may be waiting in line for the more popular starting routes. These include (from bottom to top) Ecstacy (5.7), Ecstacy Jr.
(5.4), Triple S
(5.8), Le Gourmet (5.4), Prune (5.7), Old Man's Route
(5.2) and Thais
To descend the west face there are two major rappel stations. The first is from the tree at the top of Conn's West
. 1. Rappel from the tree to a set of rap hangers near a tree on Conn's West
. (50ft) 2. From there you can rappel to a large ledge with a tree to the north. (65ft) 3. Behind this tree are rap anchors to the base of Old Man's Route
The second rappel is from the Traffic Jam
notch. Anchors are located around the corner to the south from the notch. 1. Rappel from these anchors to the top of Neck Press (45ft). 2. Rappel from Neck Press to another set of anchors. (65ft) 3. Rappel the remaining length to the ground. (70ft)
Park near Roy Gap Road below the visitor's center on Route 33 or in the old parking lot to the north past the creek. If parking in the old lot, follow the well-defined trail up to Roy Gap Road. Hike up Roy Gap Road until a trail is visible across the creek to the base of Seneca. Cross the stepping stones on the creek and hike up the switchbacks to the South End. At the top of the wooden steps will be The Burn
and Ecstasy Junior
To gain access to the rest of the routes, follow the thighmaster up, up and up to a small pine grove, then east up a talus field. Follow a Y left for Le Gourmet and Old Man's Route
, or right to go to Luncheon Ledge (below Triple S
Weather station 6.2 miles from here
57 Total Routes
['4 Stars',13],['3 Stars',24],['2 Stars',16],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',1]
Browse More Classics in South Peak - West Face
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for South Peak - West Face:
Le Gourmet 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad, 4 pitches, 285'
Conn's West 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
West Pole 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 200'
Prune 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
The Burn 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 2 pitches, 150'
Triple S 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 2 pitches, 90'
Sidewinder 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 140'
Featured Route For South Peak - West Face
Pleasant Overhangs 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b WV
: Seneca Rocks
: South Peak - West Face
A classic by any stretch of the imagination and hard to find free on the weekend. P1. Start up inside corner left of Thais and step left to stance with old pins at right edge of large roof. Don't trust the pins alone for belay!P2. The crux of the route is likely stepping off the belay. Traverse left under roof to its end and another gear belay. Some like to bring a #4 camalot for the P2 belay.P3. Climb up large holds on steep ground to top. This is a spectacular pitch....[more] Browse More Classics in WV
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