Al's Garage Rock Climbing
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|Location: ||37.7749, -118.927 View Map Incorrect?
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BETA PHOTO: Left side of Al's Garage.
The volcanic tuff cliff faces South West and has a good collection of moderate sport routes. The climbing is similar to Clarks Canyon, perhaps not quite as steep.
The cliff is split into two main sections, left and right of a tower in the middle of the cliff.
Drive North from Mammoth Lakes on the 395 for 7.5 miles. Shortly after a rest area turn right onto Owens River Road, follow this for 2 miles until you can turn Left into Big Springs Campground.
Follow this for 2.2 miles, until you can turn right onto 2S06. Follow this road 1.5 miles, to where the 1S47 joins from the left, continue on for another 1/2 mile (the road is rough here), until a small meadow is reached. Turn Left here, and follow the road to its end (1/2 mile).
The cliff is up the hillside on the right.
Weather station 9.0 miles from here
19 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]
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Aviary 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
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BETA PHOTO: Middle right section of Al's Garage
BETA PHOTO: Al's Garage as seen from the turn off meadow.
By susan peplow
From: Joshua Tree
Aug 30, 2013
Great fun area and well worth a trip especially if you're concerned about the road and/or crowds at neighboring Clark Canyon. The routes are clean, thoughtfully put up and well worth doing. Al picked all the cherries over a decade ago where development seems to have stopped. No crowding or grid-bolting here, just good solid lines!
By J. Hickok
Mar 1, 2015
While there are some very well bolted lines here, there are also some poorly thought out and contrived lines as well. For example, after climbing several of the routes on the right side of the wall, you may look up and realize that many of them begin in the absolutely wrong place, where the line to the left (or right) traverses in above the current line. Actually, it also looked like the more natural line was avoided in some cases because it was harder and an easier but more obtuse or contrived line was chosen instead.
It seems like some contrived bolting has been done here to squeeze lines in a certain way, when they would have been much more natural bolted straight up. Just me two cents.
The left side of the wall is not like this, and hosts well-bolted natural lines that make perfect sense. Hard to believe the same guy bolted these, or maybe he just rushed some of the lines and realized later that he messed up here and there.