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Patricia Bowl Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 10,600'
Location: 37.4631, -118.7459 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Greg Barnes on Dec 12, 2006
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Preparing for the walk out of the Patricia Bowl


The awesome, newly re-developed area for steep clean "sport" cracks (bolted face and tricky pro sections, and good bolted anchors). As close as you get to Indian Creek on eastern Sierra granite. High, north-facing, and cold - but great for hot summer days!

Getting There 

Head up Rock Creek Canyon for about 9 miles. You'll pass the turn off to Rock Creek Lodge and then the stables. Drive a little further and there will be a toilet on your left and then a long series of parking spots. Park here. Head back down the road for about 50 feet and there will be a sign for the "Hilton Lake" trail head.

Start up this trail for 5 minutes. Immediately at the fourth switchback there will be a trail heading into the woods to the West. Take this trail for about 15 minutes. When the trail ends start a gentle, rising traverse to the right on talus for 20-30 minutes. It's better to stay low on the big talus rather than deal with the scree and shin daggers up higher. Eventually the north facing crag will come into view.

About 45 minutes....

See Marty Lewis/John Moynier "Mammoth Area Rock Climbs" guidebook (3rd ed. 2004 - not in previous editions)

Climbing Season

Weather station 18.4 miles from here

26 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Patricia Bowl

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Patricia Bowl:
Breathless Arete   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   First Cliff
Stoic Tree Arete   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 100'   First Cliff, Left Tower.
Boi-oi-oi-ing!   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 340'   Orange Pillar
Tommy Boy   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Orange Pillar
Modern Trad   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   First Cliff
Golden Flake   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   First Cliff
High Expectations   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Orange Pillar
Sons of Liberty   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   First Cliff
Freedom Fighter   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   First Cliff
Pie in the Sky   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   First Cliff
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Featured Route For Patricia Bowl
Rock Climbing Photo: Orange Pillar. Boi-oi-oi-ing is the main crack spl...

Boi-oi-oi-ing! 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : Orange Pillar
P1 (5.10a): Climbs up the right side of a giant wedged block about 25 feet off the ground. Continue up double cracks to the highest ledge before the upper headwall. Bolted anchor at 85 feet.P2 (5.10a): Start out slightly up and left of the anchor and get ready for 165 feet of hand jamming! Generally there are two or three cracks to choose from. When in doubt, stay to the left. Bolted anchor.P3 (5.9): Not recommended due to loose rock and friable holds. If you do climb this, we left some...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Patricia Bowl
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Top of the first pitch of "Patricia Lake Grac...
Rock Climbing Photo: Patricia Bowl. Photo by Blitzo.
Patricia Bowl. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Stoic Tree Arete
Stoic Tree Arete
Rock Climbing Photo: Sons, Breathless, and Pie
Sons, Breathless, and Pie

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By david goldstein
Jul 3, 2007
This is an excellent area, esp when it's hot down in the valley. IMO, more reminiscent of The Needles than Indian Creek -- I don't believe we used more than two pieces of a given size on any single pitch.

Kudos to the first ascensionists etc, but I feel they were in general much too aggresive w/ the drill -- virtually every bolt on the climbs I did had a reasonable if small gear placement near by. For instance, the first bolt of Sons of Liberty is about one foot to the side of a solid green Alien placement.
By outdooreric
From: La Mesa, CA
Jul 5, 2007
It reminds me of an alpine Cookie Cliff.
Some routes do seem to have bolts next to gear placements. The majority of the trad routes done after 2002 have no lead bolts whatsoever. We tried to buck that trend and establish routes ground up, on-site without any bolts (adding belay bolts later). Hopefully future first ascentionists will continue this ethic and only bolt when necessary.
By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
Sep 26, 2009
And if I don't have this guidebook how do I get there? I thought Mountain Project was "Beyond the Guidebook" not "Refer to the Guidebook".

Sorry, but I've had a tough day.
By fubar
From: Babylon
Jan 6, 2013
If you are doing the routes at the first cliff please be careful not to lower/rap off the end of your rope! This has happened to multiple parties up here with a 60m.
By David Enloe
Jul 18, 2014
A friend and I lost a dog up in the Hilton/Davis Lakes area on July 16th. If anyone notices any sign of a lost, 90lb, black/brindle (white chest) hound dog roaming around in the woods, please call David at 305-333-8681. Any sign of him, however uncertain, will be much appreciated. Thanks everyone!
By Todd Graham
Jan 13, 2016
In 2002 I told Marty Lewis that we needed a good crack climbing area on the East Side. He said I should look at Patricia Bowl. I hiked/bushwhacked in and saw First Cliff ... oh man ... cracks everywhere on clean alpine granite. I saw no evidence of previous climbers although I knew some of the old timers had climbed in the bowl years earlier, though I didn't know where. I spent that summer putting up routes and being amazed at the quality of climbing in such a beautiful setting. We worked out the approach trail and soon this place became a great spot to climb during the height of the summer heat down lower.

The approach isn't too bad ... there should be cairns showing the way. The lake at the base of the cliff is shallow but gorgeous. A great place for a dip or to take a nap in the sun and watch your friends climb. The ledges at the bottom of Sons and Pie are exposed and not a great place for kids or dogs.

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