A beautiful granite canyon nestled between Mount Tom & the Wheeler Crest. Most of the routes are concentrated in Sheelite Canyon, a side canyon that feeds into Pine Creek, but routes are also cropping up elsewhere, especially up canyon. The best season is late spring until the weather craps out in the late fall. Summer conditions are especially pleasant, as most routes are in the shade and a cool breeze often fans the canyon.
Take Hwy. 395 North from Bishop to Pine Creek Road. Turn left onto Pine Creek Road. Continue through the town of Rovana and several switchbacks until you see Sheelite Canyon (the obvious deep canyon) on your right. Just across from the Campground, take a dirt road and park in one of two parking areas. Walk up the road and into the canyon.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Pine Creek Canyon:
Pratt's Crack 5.9 Trad, 1 pitch, 165 feet Sheelite Canyon / Pratt's C... : Pratt's Crack/Dihedrals Are...
Sheila 5.10a Trad, 1 pitch, 180 feet Sheelite Canyon / Pratt's C... : Pratt's Crack/Dihedrals Are...
John Fischer Memorial Route 5.10c Trad, Sport, 7 pitches, 750 feet, Grade III Scheelite Crags : PSOM Slab
Rites of Spring 5.10d Trad, 4 pitches, 400 feet Sheelite Canyon / Pratt's C... : Pratt's Crack/Dihedrals Are...
Coven (Seriously Though) 5.11b Sport, 1 pitch, 100 feet Sheelite Canyon / Pratt's C... : Mustache Wall
Blindspot 5.11b Trad, 7 pitches, 500 feet, Grade III Sheelite Canyon / Pratt's C... : Blindspot Buttress
The Remington Electric 5.11c Sport, 1 pitch, 105 feet Sheelite Canyon / Pratt's C... : Mustache Wall
Queen of the Heartbreaks 5.11c Sport, 1 pitch, 130 feet Sheelite Canyon / Pratt's C... : Pratt's Crack/Dihedrals Are...
Eclipsed 5.11d Sport, 1 pitch, 70 feet Sheelite Canyon / Pratt's C... : Pratt's Crack/Dihedrals Are...
Featured Route For Pine Creek Canyon
When the Levee Breaks 5.11a PG13 CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : Avalanche Wall
Start under overlap, climb and clip two bolts. Spy the sick flake feature and figure out how you are going to get there. Awesome liebacking leads to easier ground. Make a commiting move to an undercling and bust hard left. Follow the undercling until it runs dry. Take a breath and get ready to boulder. Crush the boulder problem in the wicked water grove, clip a "thank dog" bolt and run it to the chains. Classic mixed route....[more] Browse More Classics in CA