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Bear Crag  


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Elevation: 7,700'
Location: 37.56684, -119.07988 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Tom Helvie on Jan 24, 2007
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Description 

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.

Getting There 

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.

Climbing Season



Weather station 8.4 miles from here

33 Total Routes

['4 Stars',13],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',4],['5.11',10],['5.12',17],['5.13',2],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Bear Crag:
Jagged Sky   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   South Buttress
Mercy Buckets   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Columns
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Featured Route For Bear Crag
Jagged Sky.

Jagged Sky 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : South Buttress
Steep and blocky climbing out the steep nose of rock. Climb up and slightly left and then out the blocky bulges to a rest in a slight corner. Finish up after you depump. Classic....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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By Tim Steele
From: Bishop, CA.
Jan 24, 2007
Props to the route developers here. Fun crag!
By Kyle Townsend
From: Oakland, CA
Aug 23, 2012
For a comprehensive guide to this area, please refer to Mammoth Area Rock Climbs by Marty Lewis and John Moynier, Chapter 6: Reds Meadow Area, Bear Crag (pg. 135).

Marty has contributed immensely to the development of the Eastside Sierra, and even with the advent of technologies such as Mountain Project, it's important to have integrity with our values as climbers and support the people who make climbing such incredible routes possible.

Thanks to Marty Lewis, John Moynier, Peter Croft, and all the other great climbers who have not only established some of the most fantastic world-class routes in the Sierra, but also for making such arduous efforts to proliferate this information for all to enjoy.

Climb on, climb strong!