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Indian Canyon is the major drainage which separates the Arrowhead Arete and Castle Cliffs (to the west) from the Rhombus Wall and Lehamite Buttress (to the east). In a wet Spring, the creek runs in force and adds to the ambiance, but can also flood the starts to a few of the boulders. Most of the year the creek bed is dry. The boulders are located just a short ways above the Valley Loop Trail on either side of the creek. The area attracts few climbers and even fewer tourists so it's a great place to find some solitude. This is also a great spot during the dead of winter. Due to being slightly elevated off the valley floor, on a south facing slope, it receives more direct sunlight and is probably the first bouldering spot in the Valley proper to dry out after a January snow storm. I've seen the area completely snow-free and climbable while Camp 4 and the Ahwahnee boulders were still buried under a foot of powder.
Park at Churchbowl and hike on the Valley Floor Loop trail heading west. Most of the boulders are on the north side of the trail. If you hike a bit past the turnoff for the Medicine Man area, you will also find a few developed boulders below the trail to the south.
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An excellent highball on the Medicine Man boulder. This is probably the best problem at Indian Creek in the easy-moderate range.The original starting hold broke off a few years ago. You can still begin standing with a sidepull edge at around V3, or begin lower on the original hold which is a bit harder. The easiest and least contrived way to being is by just doing a short hop to the juggy rail. How you start is really inconseque...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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