Crystal Crag Rock Climbing
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|Location: ||37.592, -119.0141 View Map Incorrect?
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|Submitted By: ||Euan Cameron on Jun 26, 2007|
Crystal Lake, early on the morning on the way to C...
Crystal Crag is easily seen from almost any point within the Mammoth Lakes basin. Its rocky form tops out at 10,364ft. There are a number of climbing options available. There are a couple of climbs that go all the way to the summit. However, some of the best climbing is found along the North East base of the peak.
The rock along the base is good quality granite, with many dikes and knobs.
The cliffs get early morning sun, and are blissfully sheltered from the strong summer sun, for most of the day.
Park at the Lake George parking lot and start hiking on the Crystal Lake Trail. After about 20 mins a sign to Crystal Lake is seen. Hang a left at the sign and follow the trail down to the lake. Follow the trail around the lake and after about 100 yards, take the climbers trail on the left. Follow this until you reach the base of the cliff. The approach takes about 45 minutes.
Weather station 4.8 miles from here
21 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
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Aretes of Crystal Crag direct 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b CA
: Sierra Eastside
: ... : alpine / multi-pitch
Lots of fun interesting moves over blocks and towers (several little overhangs) on a long narrow ridge. Rock is good weathered granite (like the high ridges above Tuolumne), plus a short section on shiny-white crystal. Dramatic-looking peak surrounded by pretty lakes. Short non-steep approach."Direct" meaning that the climbing is done as much as possible on the exact top of the narrow ridge - (also "direct" by a steeper entry to the S ridge). If the harder moves are avoided, then a similar route...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
Crystal Crag from Crystal Lake
Crystal Crag catching the last rays of the sun on ...
The Mammoth Crest and Crystal Crag at sunset
The view from the base of Crystal Crag, with the M...
the crag from the approach trail
Climbing at Crystal Crag, Sierra Eastside
Mammoth Lakes basin from the base of Crystal Crag
5-September-2009: Me leading the North Face (5.8) ...
BETA PHOTO: You'll reach this sign after about 25 minutes of w...
Cool boulder on the approach, Crystal Crag
The last bit of the approach to Crystal Crag, Sier...
BETA PHOTO: Crystal crag trailhead.
Crystal Crag from Lake George, Mammoth Lakes Basin
Here ye, here ye: on this day, sporto's shall clim...
Lake Mary from Crystal Crag, Mammoth Lakes.
Approaching the North Arete in a heavy snow year.
Crystal Crag from Lake Barrett
Crystal Crag, Mammoth Lakes Basin
BETA PHOTO: Crystal Crag from Lake George Parking Lot. Highl...
Weathered tree on the hike up to Crystal Crag, Mam...
Crystal Crag panorama, Mammoth Lakes Basin.
By Euan Cameron
From: Redlands and Mammoth Lakes
Jul 7, 2010
It was a really cold spring this year which means there is still a lot of snow around.
By rex parker
From: las vegas n.v
Sep 15, 2011
their is a lot of different routes up to the summit on the north arete including a 5-8 variation and a 5-9 clevenger variation. these are much better routes then the 5-6 regular north arete I highly recommend these. better rock and more fun to be had.