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Horseshoe Lake Area

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Horseshoe Lake Area 


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Elevation: 9,000'
Location: 37.60937, -119.0193 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Euan Cameron on Sep 9, 2013
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Description 

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.


52 Total Routes


['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',19],['2 Stars',19],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',0]
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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Horseshoe Lake Area:
Vernal Rain   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Horseshoe Piles : Wavy Gravy Wall
Little Gem   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Sunshine Wall
Hedgehog   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Sunshine Wall
Horseman   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Horseshoe Slabs
Faithful Friend   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Sunshine Wall
D.D.D.   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Horseshoe Piles : Spring Wall
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Featured Route For Horseshoe Lake Area
Little Gem

Little Gem 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c  CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : Sunshine Wall
Start a few feet right of the toe of the buttress. Climb up rightwards following the groove until possible to move directly up the steepening slab.Climb directly up the wide shallow groove feature to gain quartz dike holds above. Follows these holds up the wall to just below the top, then finish direct to the right of the pine tree....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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