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Princess Arch

Grade Trad Mixed Sport Total
5.1 8 - - 8

Directions to Princess Arch

Drive past Half Moon to the end of Chimney Top Road. On the right side of the terminal loop is the trail head to Princess Arch. Hike the half mile trail over the miniscule arch to a buttress on the end of the ridge. The easiest way to the base of the route is to rappel from one of several trees in the area. As you look down from the top, the obvious dihedral to the right is Ripp-Off. Alternatively, meander down on the left side of the ridge before you reach the buttress.

Wall Sun: Unknown

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Route Spray Name Type Grade Quality User Stars Length Picture


Beginner's Nightmare Trad 5.1
1.85  (13) 60ft  


Adrenaline Trad 5.10d
2.75  (4) 60ft  


Ripp-Off Trad 5.6
2.54  (13) 45ft


Face Farce Trad 5.8
2.14  (14) 45ft  


Golden Fleece Trad 5.6
2.63  (8) 50ft


Finger Filet Trad 5.8
1.00  (2) 50ft


What a Maroon Trad 5.10a


3D Trad 5.9
2.75  (4) 75ft


Anonymous said on May 17th, 2005
Can you find your way back to the top, or is the only way to get up to climb a route? Thanks, Brian
Ascentionist said on November 16th, 2005
You can walk down/up on the west side of the arch and then contour all the way around the cliff to the routes. There is also a bushwhack scramble on the east side of the arch, best found by hiking left from 3D. Once you know where it is then it is much easier to find from the top. Also, there are few good top rope anchors remaining here. The routes are dirty and there are tourons above you so beware.