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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??

Twin Lakes and Sawtooth Ridge. Photo by Blitzo.
Twin Lakes and Sawtooth Ridge.
Photo by Blitzo.

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.

First winter snows on Bear Creek Spire at sunrise
First winter snows on Bear Creek Spire at sunrise

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Weather station 4.9 miles from here

3,226 Total Routes

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated 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
Solarium   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   Central Happiness Area : Solarium Boulder
Birthday Direct   V3 6A     Boulder, 12'   Buttermilks Main : Birthday Boulders
Jedi Mind Tricks   V4 6B PG13     Boulder, 25'   Pollen Grains / Lidija Boul... : Jedi Boulder
Iron Man Traverse   V4 6B     Boulder   Iron Man Area : Iron Man 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   V6-7 7A+     Boulder, 35'   Buttermilks Main : Drifter/Smoking Boulder
Pratt's Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 165'   Sheelite Canyon / Pratt's C... : 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
Sheila   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 180'   Sheelite Canyon / Pratt's C... : Pratt's Crack / Dihedrals A...
Third Pillar, Regular Route   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 800'   Lee Vining Canyon and Tioga... : Dana Plateau
Show Us Your Tits   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Central Gorge : Emergency Room
Barbarians Near the Gate   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 6 pitches, 550'   Lee Vining Ice : Bard Harrington Wall
Bony Fingers   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   Whitney Portal : The Whale
Looney Binge   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 150'   Inner Gorge : Eldorado Roof
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Jaya Smith enjoying 'Hero Roof' v0

Hero Roof V0 4  CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : Hero Roof Boulder
One of the best warm-ups in the 'Milks. A couple laps on this will get the blood flowing on those crisp mornings.Sit-start low on big patina edges on the right side of the overhanging face, then work your way up and left along the lip of the roof on good jugs. Pull over to a jug on the top....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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

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