Cyclorama Wall Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Cyclorama Wall above Dumbbell Lakes
"This obscure summit, located in the middle of a netherworld between the Palisades and Leconte Canyon, is a mile-wide, 1000-foot, vertical wall every bit as impressive as the Diamond on Longs Peak. To reach it, one must cross either three or four passes over 12,000 feet and travel cross-country for most of twenty miles. Even this inaccessibility would not have deterred determined climbers, were the face visible from traveled areas." - Galen A. Rowell from the 1979 American Alpine Journal
Cyclorama Wall is the north face of the Peak 12,860, rising above the Dumbbell Lakes in King's Canyon. The wall is generally shady most of the day, but does get late afternoon sun. Cyclorama Wall is likely one of the most secluded places in the Sierras.
There are at least three different ways to access Cyclorama Wall. The first ascent party came in via South Fork Pass to Mather Pass. This is the shortest way in but has a lot of elevation change with much of it off trail.
A second way in is about 20+ miles, with most of the approach on a good trail. Come in via Bishop Pass, then either stay on the trail and head down to Leconte Canyon and the JMT or go off trail up and over Knapsack Pass. Either way, head up to Amphitheater Lake and over Cataract Pass. This is how we went in and seemed reasonable with our big packs.
The third way in is to go in via Taboose Pass to the JMT, then over to near Bench Lake, up over Cartridge Pass, then Dumbbell Pass.
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Weather station 11.6 miles from here
Featured Route For Cyclorama Wall
BETA PHOTO: Cyclorama Wall
By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
Sep 9, 2015
No routes to add? Would love to see some.
By Shaun Reed
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 21, 2015
We ended up repeating what must have been the Rowell route. I tried to go up last week to finish the free version, but diverted plans due to all the smoke from the nearby fires. If anyone is willing to make the 20 mile slog out there sometime, hit me up. Here's our TR from 2013: