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These are the routes you can see from the parking lot. They are all accessed by the west face approach and encompass all routes from the NE shoulder on the left to the large leaning pillar on top of the SW buttress (Durrance pillar) on the right. The routes on the West face are some of the cleanest and most accessible routes on the tower. Ultra-classics include Carol's crack, McCarthy's west face, El Matador, Tugley Wood, and many more. As with the other sides of the tower, the "good" climbing is on the lower 2/3 with easy bolted rappels before the less appealing rock. Most routes will require a two-rope descent.
Leave the main trail shortly after the trail starts heading south parallel to the tower, at the same place the Durrance approach leaves the trail. Hike up the boulderfield to the base of the tower. Locate the obvious stem box with two five-foot wide dihedrals facing each other for 150' and a ledge at the end of the left pillar (El Matador). Most west face routes are left of here. Right of El Matador, see Durrance Approach. Sparse poison ivy is often encountered on the hike/scramble north to Carol's crack area.
42 Total Routes
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for West Face:
Fractal 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 130'
Tulgey Wood 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, 3 pitches, 300'
McCarthy West Face (Variant) 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Trad, 2 pitches, 300'
Jerry's Kids 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Carl's Face 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 110'
One Way Sunset 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Trad, 4 pitches, 440'
El Matador 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 2 pitches, 250'
Spank The Monkey 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 150'
Carol's Crack 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Trad, 3 pitches, 320'
Way Layed 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 160'
Mr. Clean 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Trad, 3 pitches, 500'
California Dreaming 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
McCarthy West Face/Hong 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a Trad, 2 pitches, 230'
Bloodguard 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 160'
Buster Cattlefield 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 115'
Deli Express 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a Trad, 3 pitches, 375'
Digital Extraction 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a Trad, 3 pitches, 350'
Avalon 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a Trad, 3 pitches, 350'
A Bridge Too Far 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Billie Bear Cranks the Rad 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b Trad, 80'
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