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Benton Crags 
Sagehen Summit Area 

Eastern Hills Rock Climbing 

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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 Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',23],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',2]

Classic Climbing Routes in Eastern Hills

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing 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
Rock Climbing Photo: Vapor Lock on the left. Great Crack climb.

Vapor Lock 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : Vapor Lock Cliff
Great Route. Classic Eastside volcanic crack climb. Fingers/ off hands. You can sling a interesting chock stone 70' up to rap off or continue climbing upward to guidebook suggested belay....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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

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