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Summit Block (East Turret)

Summit Block (East Turret)

Summit Block (East Turret)

Page Type: Route

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 39.36540°N / 120.349°W

Object Title: Summit Block (East Turret)

Route Type: Scrambling

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Time Required: Half a day

Rock Difficulty: Class 3

Grade: II

Route Quality: 
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Page By: Bob Burd

Created/Edited: Feb 22, 2004 / Mar 2, 2006

Object ID: 160142

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There are many ways to approach the summit. The easiest is from Castle Pass, following the arcing ridgeline, staying on the left (northwest) side where difficulties are encountered. The summit can also be approached from along the East Ridge or some of the chutes on the south or north sides. The eastern most turret is the high point.

Route Description

If coming from the west turret, climb down and along the ridge on the south side, bypassing the middle and east turrets. Climb back up to the east side of the east turret for the easiest route. It is about 30 feet of near-vertical class 3. The holds are large, plentiful, and all the loose rock has been detached eons ago.

A shorter, but more impressive class 4 route is found on the west side (really more like the southwest side). This is about 15 of vertical rock. The holds are good, but not as obvious as the east side. There are two rappel bolts on top used to descend via this route, but it is a bit of overkill.

In winter, both routes are often snow and ice free, but of course extra caution should be used if this is not the case.

Essential Gear

None needed. Even tennis shoes should be fine.

Miscellaneous Info

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A lone climber stands atop...Climbing the east side of the...Michael heads down the...Sitting at the base of the East TurretLooking east from near the summitView of the turrets from the descentView from the west summit to me standing on the true east summit