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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.

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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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Jed and Stephen enjoying a fine day high above The Chief at The Penthouse.
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