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Prism, The 
Saber Ridge 

Tamarack Lake Area Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: fossana on Jul 16, 2013
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Mt Stewart and Tamarack Lake from the approach to ...

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I first learned about the area from an AAJ writeup by Brandon Thau detailing several new lines on the Prism and the intriguing Saber Ridge. Guarded by a lengthy approach, it's unlikely you'll encounter a soul once you leave the High Sierra Trail. I found the rock quality to be surprisingly good for a rarely climbed backcountry area.

  • Number of water sources along the way even in July of a drought year.
  • Established campsites along the HST have bear boxes.
  • Bearpaw Meadows hosts a ranger station and High Sierra camp.

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  • Backcountry permits are required for overnight travel.
  • As of July 2013 trailhead access by shuttle only late May to early Sep from 9am to 6pm. Check the NPS site for the latest update.
  • Bear restrictions in place. Please use the bear boxes.

Getting There 

From the Crescent Meadows trailhead take the long, mostly flat western terminus of the High Sierra Trail to Bearpaw Meadow (11.3 miles). Leave the HST and take the left signed dusty uphill trail toward Elizabeth Pass and Tamarack Lake (2.2 miles). The trail is overgrown, but for your trouble you'll be rewarded with spectacular views of Valhalla. Head north on a short connector toward Elizabeth Pass/Tamarack Lake. At the Elizabeth Pass split continue on toward Tamarack Lake to the destination of your choice. ~15 miles to the area

Climbing Season

For the Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP area.

Weather station 8.9 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Tamarack Lake Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Tamarack Lake Area:
Saber Ridge traverse, south to north   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 20 pitches   Saber Ridge
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Featured Route For Tamarack Lake Area
Rock Climbing Photo: Outline of the routes

Monkeys In The Clouds 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13  CA : Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP : ... : The Prism
AWESOME Route! Easily noticeable for the prominent 100 M wide crack system and another 300 M of cool face/crack climbing. Could be climbed in the morning and followed by Saber Ridge solo in the afternoon. That would be an awesome day in the mountains! Could also be linked with a climbing trip to Angel Wings or Cherubim Dome. If you like varied climbing, good rock and no lines, this climb is for you! Pitch 1 - 5.8-9, 100 ft - slab climb below a big overhang while protecting in the crack on your l...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Tamarack Lake Area Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: start (the first 11 miles are on the High Sierra t...
start (the first 11 miles are on the High Sierra t...
Rock Climbing Photo: Lone Pine Creek
Lone Pine Creek
Rock Climbing Photo: HST flora
HST flora
Rock Climbing Photo: Prism (center) and Saber Ridge (behind) on the app...
Prism (center) and Saber Ridge (behind) on the app...
Rock Climbing Photo: Epipactis gigantea (stream orchid)
Epipactis gigantea (stream orchid)
Rock Climbing Photo: Castilleja sp. (Indian paintbrush)
Castilleja sp. (Indian paintbrush)
Rock Climbing Photo: more HST flowers
more HST flowers
Rock Climbing Photo: Mt Stewart (left) and Valhalla in evening light
Mt Stewart (left) and Valhalla in evening light

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By J. Albers
From: Colorado
Jul 29, 2013
Nice entry Fossana. Wow, even though I know that the Sierra is jam-packed with an endless supply of truly amazing granite, every time I see sets of pictures like your's I am still dumbfounded. What an amazing place.
By fossana
From: Sin City & Bishop
Nov 13, 2013
Thanks, J. I can't agree with you more on what an amazing place it is. I feel like I have only scratched the surface after 15+ years of climbing there.

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