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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

40 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',19],['2 Stars',14],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',2]
['<=5.6',4],['5.7',3],['5.8',12],['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
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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Hair Raiser Buttress 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : South Face
This East Side classic was first climbed by Vern Clevenger and Tom Higgins in 1975. It was climbed in the traditional runout style. Alan Hirahara added bolts to this route, but it is rumored that they have been chopped.P1: From the base of the cliff, climb scary moves off some blocks and onto this beautiful slab. 115' leads to a two-bolt belay.P2: A 5.8 pitch continues to another two-bolt belay.P3: One more 5.9 pitch leads to another two-bolt anchor.To descend, either rappel or walk off to the l...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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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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