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Mammoth Lakes Area

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Mammoth Lakes Area 


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Elevation: 8,100'
Location: 37.6468, -118.9659 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

Mammoth Lakes is primarily a summer and fall climbing area. All types of climbing can be found here from short sport routes on volcanic tuff, to medium length alpine routes on perfect granite. Mammoth Lakes has a bit of everything for everybody.

Depending on the snow fall of the previous winter climbing begins generally in late April and May, and continues through until November (depending on Snow fall). Some of the bouldering areas closer to the 395 are open all year around.

Crystal Crag is a fine example of the granite crags, while Clark Canyon is the best of the tuff sport crags.

The Mammoth area covers a fair amount of climbing stretching from Rock Creek in the south, all the way to Matrimony Wall, in the north.

The Minarets, Mt Ritter and Banner from the slopes above Mammoth Lakes.
The Minarets, Mt Ritter and Banner from the slopes above Mammoth Lakes.


Getting There 

Mammoth Lakes sits 3.5 miles west of the 395 along the 203, about 40 minutes North of Bishop.


801 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Mammoth Lakes Area:
The Church of the Lost and Found (Right)   V1 5     Boulder, 10'   Catacombs : Church of the Lost and Foun...
The Church of the Lost and Found (Left)   V3 6A     Boulder, 10'   Catacombs : Church of the Lost and Foun...
Pull Down Like De Jesus   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   Rock Creek Bouldering : Campground Boulder
Crimp Ladder   V7 7A+     Boulder, 12'   Crimp Ladder Area : Crimp Ladder Boulder
North ArÍte   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches   Crystal Crag : North Arete
Aretes of Crystal Crag direct   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Alpine, 1300'   Crystal Crag : alpine / multi-pitch
Ugly, Fat, Mean, Come to Mammoth, Be a Queen   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch   Area 13 : Area 13 - Left Side
Wild Will's Arete   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 115'   Area 13 : Area 13 - Left Side
Little Gem   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Horseshoe Lake Area : Sunshine Wall
Boi-oi-oi-ing!   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 340'   Patricia Bowl : Orange Pillar
Pull My Finger   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 3 pitches, 190'   Main Island : Stoned Wheat Thin Cliff
Cromagnon   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Dike Wall : East Face
Sideshow   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 100'   Rock Creek : Gong Show Wall
Borrowing From Tradition   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Area 13 : Area 13 - Left Side
He She   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 130'   Rock Creek : Gong Show Wall
Wages of Skin   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 80'   Rock Creek : Gong Show Wall
Sons of Liberty   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Patricia Bowl : First Cliff
Driller Instinct   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   Main Island : Stoned Wheat Thin Cliff
Black Lassie   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Dike Wall : East Face
Anything Goes   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   Rock Creek : Gong Show Wall
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Featured Route For Mammoth Lakes Area
Wages of Skin. Looks can be deceiving, no real offwidth moves on the route.

Wages of Skin 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b  CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : Gong Show Wall
Once you scramble up a 3rd class ramp, negotiate the menacing off-width above by, well, staying to the left and bypassing it altogether. After a few scrambly moves (5.9/5.10ish), step ACROSS the off-width to your right, then face climb excellent rock past a couple bolts, then turn the lip onto some edgy slab. Gain the crack--which is now on your left--then charge up a slammer handcrack till the crack abruptly angles right into a traversing finger crack (the crux) with nothing but glacial polish ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Mammoth Lakes Area Slideshow Add Photo
One of the locals, Mammoth Lakes Basin
One of the locals, Mammoth Lakes Basin
Crystal Crag
Crystal Crag
The Minarets, Mt Ritter and Mt Banner from the slopes of Mammoth Mountain, Nov 2012
The Minarets, Mt Ritter and Mt Banner from the slo...
The Minarets, Mt Ritter and Banner from the slopes above Mammoth Lakes.
The Minarets, Mt Ritter and Banner from the slopes...
Mammoth Mountain from the Duck Pass Trail
Mammoth Mountain from the Duck Pass Trail
Ominous stormy skies above Mammoth Rock.
Ominous stormy skies above Mammoth Rock.
Clouds over Mammoth Mountain and the Minarets, Sierra Eastside
Clouds over Mammoth Mountain and the Minarets, Sie...
Mammoth Crest from Macleod Lake.
Mammoth Crest from Macleod Lake.
Mammoth area skyline.  From left to right:  Mammoth Mountain, The Minarets, Mt. Ritter, Banner Peak, and the Sherwin Plateau in the foreground
Mammoth area skyline. From left to right: Mammot...
Wildflowers on Panorama Dome with the Mammoth Crest in the background.
Wildflowers on Panorama Dome with the Mammoth Cres...
On the way to Sky Meadows, Mammoth Lakes Basin
On the way to Sky Meadows, Mammoth Lakes Basin
Boat dock at Lake George, Mammoth Lakes Basin <br />
Boat dock at Lake George, Mammoth Lakes Basin
Double Nut Brown Ale from Mammoth Brewing. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Double Nut Brown Ale from Mammoth Brewing.
Photo b...
Devils Postpile National Monument, Sierra Eastside
Devils Postpile National Monument, Sierra Eastside
Mammoth Mtn. from Lake Barrett, Mammoth Lakes Basin <br />
Mammoth Mtn. from Lake Barrett, Mammoth Lakes Basi...
Mt Morrison catching the last rays of sun
Mt Morrison catching the last rays of sun
Typical scenery along the trail to Crystal Crag, Mammoth Lakes Basin
Typical scenery along the trail to Crystal Crag, M...
Trenchtown Rock from Minaret Vista, Mammoth Lakes Area
Trenchtown Rock from Minaret Vista, Mammoth Lakes ...
Epic IPA from Mammoth Brewing. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Epic IPA from Mammoth Brewing.
Photo by Blitzo.
Paranoid Pale Ale. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Paranoid Pale Ale.
Photo by Blitzo.
Try Hair Of The Bear Dopple Bock. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Try Hair Of The Bear Dopple Bock.
Photo by Blitzo.
The head of Convict Lake
The head of Convict Lake
Mammoth Lakes area, Hot Creek
Mammoth Lakes area, Hot Creek
Storm clouds gather over Mt Ritter, scene from the tree graveyard above Reds Meadow
Storm clouds gather over Mt Ritter, scene from the...
The town of Mammoth Lakes with the White Mountains in the distance, Sierra Eastside
The town of Mammoth Lakes with the White Mountains...
Crystal Crag from Lake Mamie in the Mammoth Lakes Basin
Crystal Crag from Lake Mamie in the Mammoth Lakes ...
Old mine workings in the hills above Mammoth Lakes.
Old mine workings in the hills above Mammoth Lakes...
Try Golden Trout. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Try Golden Trout.
Photo by Blitzo.
Sunrise from parking lot at Clark Canyon.
Sunrise from parking lot at Clark Canyon.
Try Floating Rock Hefe Weizen. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Try Floating Rock Hefe Weizen.
Photo by Blitzo.
The Sherwins from Mammoth Knolls
The Sherwins from Mammoth Knolls
Year-round fun
Year-round fun
Sunset over Mammoth
Sunset over Mammoth
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