Annotated photo of the West Face route (and Crack Kingdom and V8 Crack, routes I climbed a few years later) and rappel route on Cardinal Pinnacle.
Cardinal Pinnacle is an exquisite chunk of finely-grained granite just a short drive west out of Bishop. The feature contains several excellent routes ranging from 5.10 to 5.12. SuperTopo notes that the 500' tall Cardinal Pinnacle is akin to a mini version of the Incredible Hulk (a truely incredible chunk of granite which we had climbed earlier that week). Only about 500 feet high and right off the road, Cardinal Pinnacle was a great choice for one last Sierra rock climb with Mark and Nic before I had to drive back north to Washington. We climbed the popular West Face route, which has four pitches of consistently 5.9 to 5.10 crack climbing. It took us a few hours to climb the route as a team of three, and another hour to rappel back down to the base. The climbing was excellent, and the only downside of the route being that it left us wanting much more!
Update: In 2015, while on a climbing roadtrip through the Sierra, I managed to fit in a day at Cardinal Pinnacle, climbing the excellent routes Crack Kingdom and V8 Crack.