Bear Creek Spire Rock Climbing
Bear Creek Spire from the southwest at "L&quo...
This fantastic rock peak dominates Little Lakes Valley and has at least four high-quality routes to its name. Another High Sierra prerequisite summit.
From 395 at Tom's Place drive west to Mosquito Flats. Hike along Little Lakes Valley trail to Long Lake, then follow a faint trail up to either Treasure Lakes or before reaching those lakes cut left and up to the desolate Dade Lake (4.25 miles, 1,300 feet of elevation gain).
Weather station 13.2 miles from here
3 Total Climbing Routes
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Classic Climbing Routes in Bear Creek Spire
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Bear Creek Spire:
East Arete 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine, 22 pitches
North Arete 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 1000'
Featured Route For Bear Creek Spire
North Arete 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c CA
: High Sierra
: ... : Bear Creek Spire
A fine alpine rock climb with a wonderful prospect over Little Lakes Valley.P1 5.6. Snowline dependent, cracks in slabs to a ledge where it gets steeper.P2 5.8. Steep flake crack on the left to a ledge.P3 5.7. Up and right over flakes to where the arete relents a little. Route-finding can be tricky.P4/5 Easy 5th. Up the crest of the arete in a wonderful position to a ledge below the final impasse, a steep off-width crack.P6 5.8 crux. The crack awkwardly.P7 Easy 5th. Tunnel through to the other s...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
From: Sacramento, CA
Aug 20, 2007
Allow approximately 4 hours for the approach if hiking at a fairly moderate pace. If you plan to climb car-to-car, count on a "Grade IV" day.
By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 27, 2007
Galen Rowell's name will forever be associated with this peak. He was on the first ascent of the N Arete, S Face and also a different route on the South Face, solo. The latter was completed in 24 hours, car to car, including a 40 mile bike ride to get between trailheads! He also climbed it in winter.
Jul 23, 2010
The story of Rowell jumping on his stashed road bike after doing a solo FA of the S. Face of Bear Creek is one of the most inspiring pieces of Sierra-lore there is. Very cool.