This spur off the west side of Castle Rock has several routes on it's south face that include: Claim Jumper (sport), Shock and Awe (sport), Enemy Combatant (Top Rope), Advance to Idaho (Trad), Squench (Sport). This wall faces directly south but gets some shade earlier in the morning from the main Castle Rock to east. You may have a waiting line for Shock and Awe on busy days. Around the left corner on the northwest side of the buttress, there are several more routes: Sword in the Stone (bolts and gear), Excalibur (trad) and Shifting Gears (bolts and gear). This wall has good shade until mid afternoon.
Approach this crag by following the trail along the old ranch road that skirts south side of Castle Rock. Continue along the trail until you reach a signed trail that leads to the Hostess Gully. Follow the trail and flagging up through a boulder field to the routes.
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Poking Holes in the Firmament 5.6 Sport, 1 pitch, 50 feet
Scorpio Rising 5.7 Sport, 1 pitch, 70 feet
Layback and Relax 5.10a TR, 1 pitch, 50 feet
Shock and Awe 5.10a Sport, 1 pitch, 80 feet
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Shock and Awe 5.10a ID : Castle Rocks : ... : West Buttress - South
This fun diverse route starts on patina edges. The crux hits low with in a maze of small patina holds facing different directions. Continue on with tricky pull-down edging leading to a steep jug finish....[more] Browse More Classics in ID