Catacombs Rock Climbing
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|Submitted By: ||Euan Cameron on Nov 19, 2007|
Strolling around The Catacombs
The Catacombs is a really cool place to visit. Not only does it have fine bouldering, but it is worth the trip simply to wander amongst the rock formations.
The area is perched above the Owens River Gorge. Close to the gorge there are many rock towers, that you can explore from either the top or the bottom. At the bottom you find yourself in a maze like structure, often crawling on hands and knees to make progress.
Working back from the gorge edge the towers get smaller and more spaced apart - perfect for bouldering.
The rock is good pocketed tuff, and almost all the landings are on perfect flat pumice.
Come for a day, come for an hour, it doesn't matter, it is worth the trek out here.
On reaching Tom's Place on the 395 take the East turn and drive passed a few houses. After about 4 miles on this road you'll reach Crowley Lake Dam. Cross over the Dam and turning right head up the road (take care as the road narrows). Once at the top of the hill the road turns to dust. After 1.3 miles take the obvious right turn onto the 4S03. Follow this road for just over 3 miles, until you come to a steeper section of road with a switchback.
Continue on past the switchback for another 1/2 mile then take a right turn. Shortly after turning you'll see left faint left fork - stay right. Just keep staying right all the way to the Catacombs parking lot.
The view across the Owens River Gorge, the Wheeler Crest in the background.
Weather station 22.3 miles from here
74 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',33],['1 Star',33],['Bomb',1]
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Gigantor V2 5+
: Sierra Eastside
: ... : Gigantor Boulder
An excellent highball with a low crux and a juggy top-out. It gets easier the higher you go..Climb the delicate opening moves with small but good holds/pockets (crux) to the deep pocket-jug at about the mid-point. Move up on good pockets to a huge jug on a flake, then up and right on a rail to make the last move out and right to the blind-ish jug....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
By Peter Wojciechowski
Aug 15, 2013
The directions to get here a little bit off as is the marker to the parking lot for this location. The lot is located at: 37.572818,-118.612084
Direction updates start after the hairpin turn:
Take the second write after the hairpin, it's at the fork in the road. The next right is at road maker 04S136 followed by a right at 04S136A.
Following the last road it will take you to the parking lot for the Catacomb Boulders: Map
By Mark Doliner
Aug 25, 2013
I agree with Peter's coordinates, directions, and map. Thanks, Peter! I just submitted a request to fix the GPS coordinates listed above, so it's possible they'll get updated soon and will be correct.
And some info about road conditions:
The dirt roads are decent. Four-wheel drive is definitely not necessary. There tends to be scruffy desert bushes between the mild tire ruts. High ground clearance vehicles will have no problems. For vehicles with medium to low clearance, brush will scrape against the bottom. I felt comfortable driving a 2003 Toyota Corolla, where it's old enough that I'm not too concerned about scrapes on the front bumper. Low ground clearance vehicles could probably make it ok... just depends on how comfortable you are scraping against scruffy bushes. I would maybe be worried about setting off airbags.
By Euan Cameron
From: Redlands and Mammoth Lakes
Nov 29, 2014
Map coords have all been updated.