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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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Description 

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

41 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',21],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',2]
['<=5.6',4],['5.7',3],['5.8',13],['5.9',7],['5.10',13],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

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
Post Toasties   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 115'   Junk Food Rock : Left-Side
Get Lost   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 115'   Benton Crags : Locals Only Rock
Hair Raiser Buttress   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, Sport, 3 pitches   Granite Basin : South Face
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
Keith near crux area of "welcome to Planet M....

Welcome to Planet M.F. 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : Lost Piton Rock
Climb the dike past some balancy sections to it's end, continue up a section of tricky face (crux) and finish in a 20' handcrack; lower-off from anchors.Almost a sport route, but you'll most likely want a piece or two for the crack finish. ...[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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