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The Penthouse is a section of The Chief that lies above the Grand Wall, just below the south summit. It is home to a handful of sport and mixed routes in the 5.10 to 5.11 range, and offers spectacular views from moderate single-pitch climbs.

Getting There 

Take the Backside trail from the campground and follow the signs to the South summit. A few minutes before the top (just after the fixed metal ladder on the trail) break left on a side-trail that traverses along the top of the cliffs. The Penthouse wall is undercut by a small overhang for much of its length, and there is a small memorial plaque that you will pass as soon as you come to it.

Hiking time is around 30 minutes from the campground.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.5 miles from here

2 Total Routes

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Jed Perkins on Bad Religion.

Bad Religion 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  North America : Canada : ... : The Penthouse
This is a fun route up the middle of The Penthouse. It starts off steep and gradually kicks back to a slab at the top.The crux comes up high just before a cruiser slab section before the anchors. This is a long pitch that requires a 2-rope rappel or a walk-off from the top....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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