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16 - The Owl

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16 - The Owl  


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Location: 37.7284, -119.70864 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Blitzo on Oct 23, 2006
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Description 

The Owl is a formation just above the road west of Reed's Pinnacle. It is capped by the intimidating "Owl Roof".

Getting There 

Go through the west tunnel at Reed's and park in a paved turnout below the Owl.

Most of the climbs are approached from the eastern side of the Owl. From the pullout, scramble up 15-20ft of dirt and gain a small trail heading to the right(East). Follow the trail out onto grassy terraces. Hike up-hill sometimes on a trail, and sometimes up slabs until you can't go any higher. At this point, make your way back West to the right side of the Owl. The Mirage should be the first climb you see. The Owl Bypass is down and around from Mirage. Wicked Jones Crusher is up and East.

Climbing Season

For the Lower Merced River Canyon area.

Weather station 6.3 miles from here

6 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',2],['5.9',1],['5.10',1],['5.11',0],['5.12',2],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

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Owl area-winter. Photo by Blitzo.
Owl area-winter. Photo by Blitzo.

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By Osprey Overhang
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Dec 12, 2009
Most of the climbs are approached from the eastern side of the Owl. From the pullout, scramble up 15-20ft of dirt and gain a small trail heading to the right(East). Follow the trail out onto grassy terraces. Hike up-hill sometimes on a trail, and sometimes up slabs until you can't go any higher. At this point, make your way back West to the right side of the Owl. The Mirage should be the first climb you see. The Owl Bypass is down and around from Mirage. Wicked Jones Crusher is up and East.

This is a cool place to hang with friends for a day.
By Osprey Overhang
From: ...
May 30, 2010
This is a good place to avoid the crowds. A little bit of everything and potential for more.
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