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Elevation: 6,781'
Location: 37.9575, -119.1219 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

Lee Vining Cascade is a great ice climbing area that is located just outside of Mammoth. There are plenty of routes to climb, from single pitch to three pitch classics such as Chouinards, Spiral Staircase, The Heel Toe, and the Bard Harrington. The area recieves shade pretty much all day and starts forming usaully aroung Early November.

You can go online and type in Lee Vining ice conditions for weekly updates on how fat the ice is. The website is Sierra Mountain Guides and they post conditons for all of the classic routes. It will also tell you how to drive in from where ever you may be. There are a few nice little places in town that you can rent rooms for reasonable prices. One is called Murphys' which I usually prefer because you can get a room with three beds for about 40 to 60 bucks. Make sure you tell them your there to climb because they give ice climber discounts!


Getting There 

Lee Vining Cascade is located in the town of, you guessed it, Lee Vining. You can get exact directions on Mapquest.

Lee Vining ice.  Feb 2008.  Bard-Harrington out due to fixed leak in water main.  Rumor has it the pipe might spring another leak sometime soon.
Lee Vining ice. Feb 2008. Bard-Harrington out due to fixed leak in water main. Rumor has it the pipe might spring another leak sometime soon.


Climbing Season


21 Total Routes


['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',1],['5.11',0],['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 Lee Vining Ice:
Bard Harrington   WI3-4     Ice, 3 pitches, 440'   Bard Harrington Wall
Jango Fett   M8 PG13     Trad, Sport, Mixed, 1 pitch, 100'   Narrows - Right : Dark-Colored Cliffs
Tree Route   WI3 M3     Trad, Mixed, Ice, 1 pitch, 90'   Chouinards
Cave Man   WI5     Ice, 2 pitches, 250'   Main Wall
Center flow    WI4     Ice, 2 pitches, 230'   Main Wall
Main Line   WI3-4     Ice, 2 pitches   Chouinards
Chouinards' Right   WI3     Ice, 1 pitch, 100'   Chouinards
Barbarians Near the Gate   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 6 pitches, 550'   Bard Harrington Wall
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Barbarians Near the Gate 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : Bard Harrington Wall
Cruxes on P4 and P5. The slab crux on P5 is bolted so that you can grab the draw and swing across if the move is too hard. It's at least old school slab 10b. To descend the route: rap down the belay stations till you reach the traverse ledge (3 raps). Then climb the traverse pitch in reverse. Rap the first two pitches. Each pitch has great climbing on it, but P5 is unique to the area. 1,000's of big chicken heads!!!! From the top of the climb you can contiue up 2/3 ledges to the pipe and hik...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Lee Vining ice.  Feb 2008.  Bard-Harrington out due to fixed leak in water main.  Rumor has it the pipe might spring another leak sometime soon.
Lee Vining ice. Feb 2008. Bard-Harrington out du...
Early morning light on the Dana Plateau while waiting for the coffee to brew for a day of ice.
Early morning light on the Dana Plateau while wait...
Dave Sorrick below Spiral Staircase in mixed conditions.
Dave Sorrick below Spiral Staircase in mixed condi...
Taken from Tioga Road on Dec 23, 2011. Formations in upper right just below Ellery Lake.
BETA PHOTO: Taken from Tioga Road on Dec 23, 2011. Formations ...
Tioga Pass was open so easy hike down from route 120 to the Chouinard Wall, Lee Vining Canyon Jan 2-3,2012
BETA PHOTO: Tioga Pass was open so easy hike down from route 1...
Mono lake, pink-flowering bush, and Sierra
Mono lake, pink-flowering bush, and Sierra
Two obscure classics, Red Rocks prolific first ascentionist, Mike Ward, and the overtly bold Dave Sorrick, discuss what's needed for the next day's climbing at  Lee Vining. Photo: Chad Umbel
Two obscure classics, Red Rocks prolific first asc...
Tomas Huber rockin' out at the world famous Lee Vining Mobil Station. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Tomas Huber rockin' out at the world famous Lee Vi...
These two formations are just below Ellery Lake. Super easy access. The one on the left can be easily top roped in dry conditions like this. From Dec 23, 2011.
BETA PHOTO: These two formations are just below Ellery Lake. S...
Aspens in Lundy Canyon
Aspens in Lundy Canyon
Map of Lee vining area showing approach hike.
BETA PHOTO: Map of Lee vining area showing approach hike.
Mono Lake tufas
Mono Lake tufas
As the screw turns. Souljah 1986
As the screw turns. Souljah 1986
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By Ian McEleney
From: at large
Jan 17, 2013

The Guidebook for this area is Eastern Sierra Ice by Robert "SP" Parker.