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.
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.
Weather station 7.1 miles from here
54 Total Climbing Routes
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Classic Climbing Routes in East Side
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Featured Route For East Side
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
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.