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Horseshoe Lake Area Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 9,000'
Location: 37.6129, -119.0209 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Euan Cameron on Sep 9, 2013
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Horseshoe lake is situated below a hillside that holds numerous granite outcrops. The original Horseshoe Slabs is an area long popular with beginners and groups but more recently there have been a number of newer areas developed mainly around the Horseshoe Piles section. Unlike the Slabs that are located next to the lake the other areas are located on the hillside to the south of the lake and are more easily accessed via a trail from the Lake George parking area.

The majority of the crags face north, which makes them ideal for the hotter summer months, but can mean they hold snow banks at their base long into the summer.

Nothing here is too steep and the majority of the climbs are in the 5.10 range, but the rock quality on all the crags is good, and you will be able to find plenty to keep you busy.

Getting There 

The area is located south of Horseshoe Lake. This is easily found by driving into the lakes basin from the town of Mammoth Lakes until the road ends at a large parking lot. For the crags listed under Horseshoe Piles it is best to park at the Lake George parking area.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.0 miles from here

62 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',18],['2 Stars',30],['1 Star',9],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Horseshoe Lake Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Horseshoe Lake Area:
Vernal Rain   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Horseshoe Piles : Wavy Gravy Wall
Ringer   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch   Horseshoe Piles : Spring Wall
Little Gem   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Sunshine Wall
Autumn Storm   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Horseshoe Piles : Wavy Gravy Wall
Cleaning Lady   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Horseshoe Piles : Spring Wall
Sunshine Surprise   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Sunshine Wall
Hedgehog   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Sunshine Wall
Edgehog   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Sunshine Wall
Horseman   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Horseshoe Slabs
Faithful Friend   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Sunshine Wall
Edge of Freedom   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Horseshoe Piles : Spring Wall
Tiger's Eye   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Horseshoe Piles : Spring Wall
Arroyo Seco   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 90'   Horseshoe Piles : Stream Wall
Full Yellow Jacket   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Horseshoe Piles : Spring Wall
Delayed Labor   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 90'   Horseshoe Piles : Stream Wall
D.D.D.   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Horseshoe Piles : Spring Wall
This is the Meaning of Life   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Horseshoe Piles : Stream Wall
All Work No Spray   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 75'   Horseshoe Piles : Stream Wall
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