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Benton Crags 
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Eastern Hills  

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Elevation: 6,800'
Location: 37.7599, -118.664 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Euan Cameron on Nov 19, 2007
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The crags found in this area offer a selection of sport and trad climbing in a remote setting. Some of the climbing is similar to Joshua tree in style and rock.

The scenery is idyllic and you can't help feeling away from it all when you climb here.

Getting There 

This area is East of the Mammoth Lakes Area, and can reached by either the Benton Crossing road which is accessed 5.5 miles south of Mammoth Lakes on the 395, or by heading East from the 395 on the 120.

Climbing Season

Weather station 11.4 miles from here

42 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',22],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',2]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Eastern Hills:
Hillside Strangler   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 1 pitch, 130'   Benton Crags : Psycho Killer Rock
Locals Only   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad   Benton Crags : Locals Only Rock
Get Lost   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 115'   Benton Crags : Locals Only Rock
Post Toasties   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 115'   Junk Food Rock : Left-Side
Hair Raiser Buttress   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, Sport, 3 pitches   Granite Basin : South Face
Surfin' Safari   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   Benton Crags : Locals Only Rock
Community Service   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 165'   Granite Basin : Northeast Face
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Featured Route For Eastern Hills
E. Allen and K. Yager at the crux on the FA.

Clark Kent 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13  CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : Clark Kent Cliff
One of the best at Dexter. Rope drag precludes doing it in one long pitch. P1: Start with the crux off the ground in twin thin cracks. Follow easier crack climbing and belay under a large roof about 100 feet up.P2: Hand traverse to the right edge of the roof, then jam and stem up a very cool overhanging corner....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Eastern Hills Slideshow Add Photo
Local flavor in Benton, Sierra Eastside
Local flavor in Benton, Sierra Eastside
Now-you-see-ems, Sierra Eastside
Now-you-see-ems, Sierra Eastside
The road to Benton, Sierra Eastside
The road to Benton, Sierra Eastside
White Mountains from Benton Crags, Sierra Eastside
White Mountains from Benton Crags, Sierra Eastside

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