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(1) So Lo Wall 
(2) Windfall Wall 
(3) Hand Job Wall 
(4) Arrington Columns 
(5) Shakespeare Cliff 

East Side Rock Climbing 

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The East side of the Lower Gorge contains a handful of basalt cliffs with plenty of worthy crack climbs. They're not quite the classics that are found on the West side and the long approach keeps away most climbers, but they're worth checking out.

Getting There 

Descend the main trail toward the river. Cross the bridge and follow a nice trail next to the river to the right. Make sure to stay near the river as alternate trails head to other areas of the park. Pass the student wall, a series of shorter columns, until you arrive at the longer columns of the lower gorge.

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.1 miles from here

50 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',22],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in East Side

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for East Side:
Ophelia   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   (5) Shakespeare Cliff
Mines of Moria   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, 1 pitch   (3) Hand Job Wall
Othello   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   (5) Shakespeare Cliff
Sauron   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 85'   (5) Shakespeare Cliff
Azog   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   (5) Shakespeare Cliff
Puck   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   (5) Shakespeare Cliff
Hand Job   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   (3) Hand Job Wall
Original Sin   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   (3) Hand Job Wall
Much Ado About Nothing   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   (5) Shakespeare Cliff
Master Looney   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   (4) Arrington Columns
Yost In Space   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 85'   (5) Shakespeare Cliff
Measure for Measure   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   (5) Shakespeare Cliff
Hippo Wrestling   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   (3) Hand Job Wall
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Hippo Wrestling 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b  OR : Smith Rock : ... : (3) Hand Job Wall
If arete slapping and compression climbing are your bag, and you can boulder v6, then you must come do this route. Unique, thoughtful, bouldery cruxes in the first half and killer compression endurance for the second half add up to one hell of a climb. An aesthetic, striking feature visible from the whole Lower Gorge, one of the hardest lines in the Lower Gorge, and a ridiculously awesome view (and photo op!) only add to the appeal.Start on the right arete, and be careful clipping the 2nd (ver...[more]   Browse More Classics in OR

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By Ian McEleney
From: Mammoth Lakes, CA
Dec 21, 2006
An easier way to get to the east side is to approach as for Cruel Sister and then cross the river. This works on and off throughout the year, depending on how much water is being diverted from the river. It avoids the unpleasant thrash between the So Lo and Windfall Walls.

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