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Horseshoe Slabs

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Blacksmith T 
Cowpuncher T,TR 
Horseman S 
Rodeo Rider T 
Unknown 1 TR 
Unknown 10 TR 
Unknown 2 TR 
Unknown 3 TR 
Unknown 4 TR 
Unknown 5 TR 
Unknown 6 TR 
Unknown 7 S 
Unknown 8 TR 
Unknown 9 TR 
Wrangler S 
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Horseshoe Slabs  

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Elevation: 9,000'
Location: 37.6057, -119.0216 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Aron Quiter, John Robinson, Euan Cameron, AWinters, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Euan Cameron on Jan 28, 2007
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This is a small East Facing cliff at the southern end of Horseshoe Lake.

Many of the routes are top roped, but there are a few bolted climbs, and a limited amount of slab boulder problems.

It is a good area for families and beginners.

Also if you have 4 legged friends its ideal, since Horseshoe Lake is one of the more popular places for locals to take their dogs for a walk.

Getting There 

From the town of Mammoth Lakes follow Main Street, and continue straight at the traffic lights onto Lake Mary Road. Follow this to its end, and park at the Horseshoe Lake parking lot.

Hike south along the west side of the lake, until an obvious granite buttress is reached. The climbs are all found here.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.3 miles from here

15 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Horseshoe Slabs:
Horseman   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Horseman 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : Horseshoe Slabs
If the direct line to the first bolt is taken the start can prove quite tricky. (There are some good slab boulder problems right of the start)After the first bolt there is interesting slab climbing before another hard part after the 5th bolt....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Horseshoe Slabs Slideshow Add Photo
Left Section - Wrangler and Horseman go up the cen...
BETA PHOTO: Left Section - Wrangler and Horseman go up the cen...
Far left section
BETA PHOTO: Far left section
Left section in profile
BETA PHOTO: Left section in profile
Horseshoe Lake with Mammoth Mountain in the backgr...
Horseshoe Lake with Mammoth Mountain in the backgr...
Right section (left part).
BETA PHOTO: Right section (left part).
Ranger's Buttons (Sphenosciadium capitellatum), Ma...
Ranger's Buttons (Sphenosciadium capitellatum), Ma...
Right Section, Blacksmith takes the right arete
BETA PHOTO: Right Section, Blacksmith takes the right arete
Ghost Forest and Mammoth Crest from Horseshoe Lake...
Ghost Forest and Mammoth Crest from Horseshoe Lake...
Far right slab (Horseshoe Slabs)
BETA PHOTO: Far right slab (Horseshoe Slabs)
A lone tree stands proud on the shoreline of Horse...
A lone tree stands proud on the shoreline of Horse...

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By Euan Cameron
From: Redlands and Mammoth Lakes
Aug 21, 2007
Only a few of the routes have names recorded, so I have listed the lines from left to right Unknown1, Unknown2, etc.

Although they don't have any names some of these routes give good climbing.
By Worster than you
From: Lafayette, CA
Aug 21, 2013
Really a great starting area for kids. 10 minutes on the nose from town. 10 minutes on the nose if you walk normally to the base. Right off the trail. 5.4 TR is easy as pie to set up and you can make 3 variations from there. If your plans go astray (as will happen with young climbers), no big deal, you haven't invested that much and you can go play at all the lakes.
By kenr
Aug 15, 2014
About 0.5 mile / 0.9km gentle walk from Parking (GPS lat long ~ N37.6129 W119.0208) by the N end of Horseshoe Lake.
Toilets at parking, but we did not see any bear-proof food storage containers (as of 2014).

Directions: From the Parking, start south on a wide straight dirt mountain-bike trail following about 50 yards/meters from the west shore of Horseshoe Lake. After about 0.25 mile / 400m cross the first bridge. Trail gets narrower and curvier. After another 0.25 mile / 400m, the 5th bridge has some additional curved wood. Just across it on R side is a rock face about 20-30 feet high. Another 20 yards/meters, turn off trail to R side, and another 20-30 yards/meters to the cliff (GPS lat long ~ N37.6056 W119.0214).

Access to top of cliffs:
  • around Left end of Left section is at least class 4
  • between the Left and Right sections is around 5.2
  • around Right end of Right section is class 2 (or a shorter way class 3)
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