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Lower Gorge  


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Location: 37.49176, -118.56327 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

One of the lesser crowded areas despite having great routes in all grades. Penstock and Warning Signs are the most popular areas in the Lower gorge. The power plant does detract from the atmosphere. All of the cliffs are located off of the power plant road.

Getting There 

Either approach from the central gully, taking a left at the bottom of the gully, or by the South gorge approach (middle power plant road).

The page location shows the south parking area.

Climbing Season



Weather station 16.7 miles from here

38 Total Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',19],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',3],['5.7',1],['5.8',5],['5.9',4],['5.10',17],['5.11',4],['5.12',4],['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 Lower Gorge:
Coming Attractions   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport   Big Tower
Watch For Rocks   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Warning Signs
Alex Rocks   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Powerhouse Wall
Mile High Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad   Pink Face
Valley 5.8   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Powerhouse Wall
Results May Vary   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Warning Signs
Road Wave   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 50'   Road Wave Crag
Timeless   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 115'   Warning Signs
Warning Signs   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Warning Signs
D.W.P.   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Penstock Rock
Pumping Groundwater   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 90'   Penstock Rock
Flashflood   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Penstock Rock
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Featured Route For Lower Gorge
Pumping Groundwater. photo by Peter Paredes.

Pumping Groundwater 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : Penstock Rock
Superb cracklet and face to the right of "Flashflood"...Have heard trad complaints due to the stellar crack with bolts on the bottom...but I enjoyed clipping from the locks...Maybe easier if you are taller. 11d felt right to me....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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By grizz
Oct 18, 2008
Does anyone know anything about the three new lines in the lower gorge that you encounter on your left, just as the road flattens? I know that they have brand new gold colored hangers, mussy anchors and are probably in the 5.7 to 5.9 range. They use up all of a 60m rope to lower. Because of the blocky nature of the top, there is a lot of rope drag to toprope.
By Bruce Willey
From: Bishop, CA
Feb 4, 2010
Did them yesterday, well two of them (far left and far right) before we ran out of daylight. More like mountaineering routes (respectfully) thann the usual sporty ORG experience. They were good, though. Reckon they come in at 5.6 or so.
By rex parker
From: las vegas n.v
Dec 22, 2011
yeah i seen people climbing that yesterday.. they left their gear on the pavement....woah be carefull water and power come screaming around their in their trucks... also before these climbs up the road on the white pumice rock a crazy new slab climb with six bolts to shunt anchor looks sweet right nof the pavement after the second bend coming down the hill... who dunnit? rex
By Howie Stern
From: Mammoth Lakes, Ca
Dec 22, 2011
That new route just down from the parking lot was put up by myself, Michael Forkash, and Kent Barton back in December of 2009. It is called Road Wave (10c). Very fun!