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Sierra Eastside Rock Climbing 


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Description 

Where the high desert meets the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada. It's home to the mighty and expansive Owens Valley, the deepest in the lower 48, and one of the only known super volcanoes on the planet: The Long Valley Caldera, just south of Mammoth. The vistas are astounding, the weather is prime and the climbing is even better.

The Eastside offers an almost incomprehensible amount of clean, climbable rock, including sport climbing at Owens River Gorge and Clark Canyon, bouldering in the Buttermilks and Happy Boulders, and alpine climbing on 14,000' granite peaks. On rest days, soak your sore muscles and relax in the numerous natural hot springs... could this be paradise??

Rock Climbing Photo: Mt. Williamson (14,389 ft.) rising over 10,000 fee...
Mt. Williamson (14,389 ft.) rising over 10,000 feet from the valley floor

Getting There 

From Los Angeles, head north on Hwy 14 through the desert towns of Palmdale, Lancaster, and Mojave to join Hwy 395. The scenic 395 parallels the eastern Sierra through the Owens Valley from the L.A. basin to Reno. Lone Pine is the first "major" town (pop. 1,655) en route, and is the jumping off point for Mt. Whitney and other popular destinations in the John Muir Wilderness (see High Sierra section). 60 miles north is the town of Bishop (pop. 3,575). Bishop was home of the late, renowned climber/photographer Galen Rowell, who, along with his wife Barbara, was killed August 11, 2002 in a small plane crash outside town. Rowell's gallery, the Mountain Light, is located at 106 South Main Street in downtown Bishop.

Rock Climbing Photo: First winter snows on Bear Creek Spire at sunrise
First winter snows on Bear Creek Spire at sunrise

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3,778 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Sierra Eastside

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Sierra Eastside:
Hero Roof   V0 4     Boulder, 14'   Iron Man Area : Hero Roof Boulder
Buttermilk Stem   V1 5     Boulder, 15'   Buttermilk Stem Area : Buttermilk Stem Boulder
Heavenly Path   V1 5 PG13     Boulder, 25'   Central Happiness Area : Heavenly Path Boulder
Birthday Direct   V3 6A     Boulder, 12'   Buttermilks Main : Birthday Boulders
Solarium   V4- 6B     Boulder, 15'   Central Happiness Area : Solarium Boulder
Iron Man Traverse   V4 6B     Boulder   Iron Man Area : Iron Man Boulder
Jedi Mind Tricks   V4 6B PG13     Boulder, 25'   Pollen Grains / Lidija Boul... : Jedi Boulder
Serengeti   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   Serengeti Area : Serengeti Boulder
The Hulk   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   Central Happiness Area : Happy Boulder
Seven Spanish Angels (aka The Ruckus)   V6 7A     Boulder, 14'   Buttermilk Country : Get Carter Boulder
High Plains Drifter   V7 7A+     Boulder, 35'   Buttermilks Main : Drifter/Smoking Boulder
Pratt's Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 165'   Scheelite Canyon / Pratt's ... : Pratt's Crack / Dihedrals A...
The Big Deal   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   Scheelite Crags : PSOM Slab
West Face   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 550'   Bishop Area : Cardinal Pinnacle
Director's Cut   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Lower Gorge : Big Tower
Sheila   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 180'   Scheelite Canyon / Pratt's ... : Pratt's Crack / Dihedrals A...
Third Pillar, Regular Route   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 800'   Lee Vining Canyon / Tioga R... : Dana Plateau
Show Us Your Tits   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Central Gorge : Emergency Room
Gorgeous   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Upper Gorge : Gorgeous Towers
Looney Binge   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 150'   Inner Gorge : Eldorado Roof
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Featured Route For Sierra Eastside
Rock Climbing Photo: Driller Instinct

Driller Instinct 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : Stoned Wheat Thin Cliff
This is described in the guidebook as perhaps the best route at Clark Canyon. It is a beautiful, long pitch of steep climbing on great rock. Climb the bolted, right-facing dihedral before heading out right on to the face after the fifth (?) bolt. Climb the face to a small roof, passing it on the right, to a long, ever-steepening arete to the anchor. Be careful lowering/rappelling off. A 70-meter rope will lower you to the first bolt of the route, from where you can downclimb to the ground. Thos...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Rock Climbing Photo: Mono Craters. Photo by Blitzo.
Mono Craters. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Lenticular over White Mountains. Photo by Blitzo.
Lenticular over White Mountains. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Fall color-Sierra Eastside. Photo by Blitzo.
Fall color-Sierra Eastside. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunrise cloud-belt on the Wheeler Crest, Bishop ar...
Sunrise cloud-belt on the Wheeler Crest, Bishop ar...
Rock Climbing Photo: The ephemeral and mysterious Sierra Wave (Altocumu...
The ephemeral and mysterious Sierra Wave (Altocumu...
Rock Climbing Photo: Buttermilk Country. Photo by Blitzo.
Buttermilk Country. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Get Right With God Crack, 1980s. Photo: Blitzo col...
Get Right With God Crack, 1980s. Photo: Blitzo col...
Rock Climbing Photo: Twin Lakes and Sawtooth Ridge. Photo by Blitzo.
Twin Lakes and Sawtooth Ridge. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Mammoth Lakes Basin from the base of Crystal Crag ...
Mammoth Lakes Basin from the base of Crystal Crag ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Evan on the 35'+ west face of the Merlin Block nea...
Evan on the 35'+ west face of the Merlin Block nea...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Sierra Crest, near Independence, California. e...
The Sierra Crest, near Independence, California. e...
Rock Climbing Photo: The enormous Mt. Tom, from the Sherwin Plateau.
The enormous Mt. Tom, from the Sherwin Plateau.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sierra moonrise. Photo by Blitzo.
Sierra moonrise. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Red Mountain moonrise. Photo by Blitzo.
Red Mountain moonrise. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Bodie- The wildest town in the west. Photo by Blit...
Bodie- The wildest town in the west. Photo by Blit...
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset near Bishop. Photo by Blitzo.
Sunset near Bishop. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Buttermilk Country. Photo by Blitzo.
Buttermilk Country. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Eastern Sierra in early Spring.
Eastern Sierra in early Spring.
Rock Climbing Photo: Lone Pine Skyline
Lone Pine Skyline
Rock Climbing Photo: Blazing Star. Photo by Blitzo.
Blazing Star. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Bristlecone Pine in the White Mountains, Sierra Ea...
Bristlecone Pine in the White Mountains, Sierra Ea...
Rock Climbing Photo: Sierra Eastside storm. Photo by Blitzo.
Sierra Eastside storm. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Buttermilk Country. Photo by Blitzo.
Buttermilk Country. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Eastside panorama. Photo by Blitzo.
Eastside panorama. Photo by Blitzo.

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