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Scheelite Crags

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Scheelite Crags 


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Elevation: 7,200'
Location: 37.3884, -118.6732 View Map  Incorrect?
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BETA PHOTO: The Scheelite Crags from the 'Scheelite Wall' park...

Description 

The first major area of Pine Creek you reach when driving up the canyon. The terrain here is characterized by soaring pinnacles, jutting buttresses, deep slot canyons and hidden gullies creating a very multi-dimensional landscape. Many potential lines are not visible from the road. This area has only a handful of developed climbs.

The three main areas here are the 'Scheelite Wall', 'Elderberry Buttress', and the 'PSOM Slab'.


Getting There 

Scheelite Wall: 7 miles up Pine Creek Road and after the curves, the road straightens out for the most part. Look for a dirt pullout on the right side and park here. Walk down a short section of what looks like an old dirt road towards the crags. At the far end is an arrow comprised of black stones on the ground pointing to the trail into the sagebrush. Follow an old and over-grown sidewalk for about 50 yards towards a small grove of deciduous trees in the distance, then break left onto the obvious dirt trail. After a ways it will turn into rock and talus- follow the cairns up the rim of the talus and into the gully that eventually runs under the huge blank boulder up the hill to your right. Bear left when you reach the small slab where the gullies fork. Follow the steep faint trail up and left to the base of the wall.

Elderberry Buttress and PSOM Slab: Park .3 miles past the Scheelite Wall pullout at the tree grove. Follow the faint trail towards the bottom-left of the PSOM Slab. Continue up and right to the gully/corner under the obvious blank slab of Elderberry Buttress.


Climbing Season


30 Total Routes


['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',14],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Scheelite Crags:
Slow Ride   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   PSOM Slab
Racing Lizards   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches   PSOM Slab
PSOM Pinnacle   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   PSOM Slab
Digi   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad   PSOM Slab
The High Life   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   PSOM Slab
Lizard Gizzards   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   PSOM Slab
The Big Deal   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   PSOM Slab
Core Blimey    5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 350'   Scheelite Wall
PBR Street Gang   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 6 pitches, 400'   PSOM Slab
Wanted Man   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 175'   PSOM Slab
Unknown B   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 40'   PSOM Slab
Chips Off the Ol' Block   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 6 pitches, 600'   Scheelite Wall
Breaking & Entering   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 160'   PSOM Slab
Unknown A   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 45'   PSOM Slab
Silver Streak   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 200'   PSOM Slab
John Fischer Memorial Route   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 7 pitches, 750'   PSOM Slab
Pot Of Gold   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Gold Wall
Orange Crush   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Gold Wall
Faster Than Rust   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 70'   Gold Wall
Red To Riches   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Gold Wall
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Silver Streak 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : PSOM Slab
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The Scheelite Crags
BETA PHOTO: The Scheelite Crags
Watch tower, Sweetie, Freescale semiconductor, and Gold wall, left. Entire PSOM slab on the right.
BETA PHOTO: Watch tower, Sweetie, Freescale semiconductor, and...
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