Benton Crags with the White Mountains in the dista...
Trad climbing on grainy granitic rock somewhat reminiscent of Joshua Tree. Mostly west facing easy and moderate routes. Remote with beautiful views of the high Sierra. Primitive camping with no water.
Five and a half miles south of the Mammoth Lakes turnoff on Route 395, turn east on the Benton Crossing Road. Drive about 20 miles, then turn sharply right onto Road 3S50. Watch for a fainter road on the left, turn on this and follow it up to near the base of the crags which are clearly visible.
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Spiders from Mars (5.10b) with the White Mountains...
Bivi at Benton Crags.
Photo by Blitzo.
Roadside scenery, Benton Crags
Caro climbing at Benton
Rainbow on the road to Benton
The approach road, Benton Crags
Locals Only Rock & Psycho Killer Rock in front and...
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Jul 13, 2009
Although the "look" of these crags is reminiscient of J Tree, I found the style of climbing and rock quality reminded me far more of Mount Lemmon crags.
I climbed on Locals Only Rock and thought a lot of the ratings were quite soft; I would downgrade almost all of the routes by a number. However, I then lead one of the 5.9s and felt it was actually fairly solid for the grade, but the crux for me was a small roof--and roofs are not my thing--so maybe it all just depends.
Wonderful and solitary primitive camping here right by the crag.
|By Kevin Heckeler|
From: West Sand Lake, New York
Oct 10, 2011
Did a good 5.4 at the right end of Psycho. The rappel station was, um.... interesting. Rock on the back side of the cliff was crumbling apart too.
The climbing guide was less than stellar at route placement and descriptions. The more popular routes were easy to find, but wanting to ease up the grades here we had a hard time finding the shorter 5.5 and 5.6 routes. Ended up going to Iris Slabs in Rock Creek and had a great time for hours doing some quality routes on quality granite. This crag, fwiw, is probably frequented by locals and isn't what I was think of as a destination for visiting climbers (we're from upstate New York).
Did happen to meet a couple locals while there and they were friendly, helpful even.
It would be useful if a local climber would spend a couple hours filling things in here. I know there's 5 times as many routes in the guide as are listed.