El Cracko Diablo


Grade II

First Ascent Rod Johnson & Pat Padden. October 21st, 1973

Suggested Rack:

Standard Rack to #4 Camalot. Doubles or triples in #2-#3. Optional Double #4.


Take the Tower Trail until you're at the viewing tubes for the Historic Steak Ladder. Head up the climber's trail to the base of the Tower. From here head right across The Ramp area. Follow the path of least resistances across the ramp to a big flat ledge that is the El Crack / Soler ledge.
For extra protection you can rope up for the exposed sections of the Ramp.

Pitch 1

Head up the face into the crack. Hands and off-width will take you to a semi hanging 2 bolt belay. 120 feet, 5.7

Pitch 2

Continue up the hand crack and over the small bulge. Keep climbing through some off-width and face to the big ledge. The 2 bolt anchor will be to the climbers right. A directional at the start of the ledge is recommended to protect the follower.


Continue up and follow the obvious trails through the meadows to climbers right. Find the path of least resistance and the Meadows Finish. It is recommended to remained roped in during the Meadows finish as a fall would be devastating.


Rappel the route or take the Bowling Alley Raps.