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Bear Crag is the best summer, "steep" crag on the eastside. On some of the climbs the first few feet are not the best rock quality but after you get past that rock quality is excellent. The climbing is mostly steep jughauling on blocky, volcanic rock. The climbs are well protected with bolts. Logistically this cliff is somewhat of a nightmare. It is located in the Reds Meadow area. What this means is that you must get up early (gate closes at 7am) to drive in or you will have to take the shuttle. There is also a $7 per day use fee. It will take you approximately 45 minutes to get to the crag but you'll probably be rewarded with solitude. Be sure you take a pruner so you can help keep the trail clear of the thorn bushes. Depending on where you climb at Bear Crag, the climbs go in the sun between 1 and 2 pm.
From the Rainbow Falls Parking area (just below the Red's Meadow Resort) follow the trail toward Rainbow Falls. You will come to a junction (this junction is after the junction with the Pacific Crest/John Muir junction) that has 2 signs facing the opposite direction and say Resort/Parking/bus stop/etc. After this junction continue on the Rainbow Falls Trail another 250' and you will come to three burnt tree stumps on the left. These trees start near one another (within 15 feet or so) and radiate out away from one another. These trees are 30" diameter and are 20, 35 and 40 feet tall (these trees were here 6/2014 so be aware they will fall at some time) You will find a use trail just past these 3 trees. Follow this use trail for 300 feet and you will arrive at a stock trail. Go right on this stock trail and follow it downhill until you cross Boundary Creek. Continue on the stock trail for another 200 feet heading downhill and curving right and you will arrive at a use trail on the left. Follow this trail to the Crag.
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