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Benton Crags

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Benton Crags 


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Elevation: 7,900'
Location: 37.73075, -118.56739 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Errett Allen on Mar 7, 2006
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Spiders from Mars (5.10b) with the White Mountains...

Description 

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.


Getting There 

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.


22 Total Routes


['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',2]
['<=5.6',3],['5.7',2],['5.8',8],['5.9',2],['5.10',7],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=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 Benton Crags:
Hillside Strangler   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 1 pitch, 130'   Psycho Killer Rock
Locals Only   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad   Locals Only Rock
Get Lost   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 115'   Locals Only Rock
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The great plate climbing at the top of Competitive Edge. Photo by Florence Scholl.

Competitive Edge 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : Crocodile Rock
Great thin crack to cool plates. Nice ledge and crack for anchor at 105' (if you're toproping), but must do short second pitch to get to 3rd/4th walk-off....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Benton Crags Slideshow Add Photo
Caro climbing at Benton
Caro climbing at Benton
Rainbow on the road to Benton
Rainbow on the road to Benton
Benton Crags with the White Mountains in the distance, Sierra Eastside
Benton Crags with the White Mountains in the dista...
The approach road, Benton Crags
The approach road, Benton Crags
Bivi at Benton Crags. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Bivi at Benton Crags.
Photo by Blitzo.
Roadside scenery, Benton Crags
Roadside scenery, Benton Crags
Locals Only Rock & Psycho Killer Rock in front and Junk Food Rock in the back, Benton Crags
Locals Only Rock & Psycho Killer Rock in front and...
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By Aerili
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: Upstate 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.

By tom donnelly
Oct 8, 2013

Some beta and history here:
www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=2158102

By Kurtz
Oct 21, 2013

B.C. is a great place to climb! Lots of moderate trad routes, gorgeous scenery, and a couple of hot springs on the way back to 395.