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Submitted By: Bruce Willey on Jul 2, 2009
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BETA PHOTO: Looking up the gully that leads to Bad Daddy.


Secluded rarely visited area of Pine Creek that is like New Zealand. Well, there are more sheep than people.

Getting There 

Park at the top of the first hair-pin turn leading up Pine Creek Canyon. A good trail leads up the moraine melange. Head across a brushy flatland aiming for the first canyon on the left. Trail mainly follows the gully up. Bad Daddy is past the first rock outcrop and up some 3rd class.

Climbing Season

Weather station 11.8 miles from here

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Big Horn Air Raid 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : Bad Daddy Canyon
Pitch 1: Start up easy, unprotected face to the base of a right facing corner. Plug in gear, then lieback and stem to a rest below the first bolt. Thin moves lead to a second bolt protecting the wild crux reach to a rail above (5.11b or 5.10 A0). Move quickly on the juggy rail to another rest. Two small roofs are traversed to the right on gear. Up and right from the last small roof is another bolt that is hard to see until you below it on a large hold. From here move right to a jug, then u...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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By rickziegler
May 17, 2013
Just to add to the approach description. From the hairpin Bruce mentioned, there is now a line a stacked rocks marking the start of the trail. This trail is pretty easy to follow to the top of the moraine. From the top of the moraine, drop down slightly, heading north and generally staying at the base of the slope on your left. The trail is vague in places here but travel is fairly easy. (snakes can be here April-October)
You will be heading north approx 15 minutes, past a couple large boulders, looking for the first prominent gully dropping down from the crest (see photo). In this gully, several class 3 dry walls are easily bypassed, usually on the right. Once in the gully, the trail becomes easier to find, with Bad Daddy itself marked by a large pile of rocks.
The approach is the in sun in the morning and can be warm. But the excellent climbing on Bad Daddy is in the shade and can be cool and breezy.
Total hike can be done comfortably in about an hour.