BETA PHOTO: The upper tier
The Upper Tier is the broad series of multi-faceted buttresses and faces adjacent to the vegetated terrace above and north of the Grotto. The Upper Tier sits just below the rim and in the shadow of Balanced Rock. The climbs are short, but away from the crowds and occasional gym-like scene in the Grotto or the Left Flank/Java Wall. A great flat rocky base and views of the approach gully and Carlisle Canyon. Be on your best form as hikers often stop to watch the action when they spot climbers on the Upper Tier.
Scramble up the gully left of the base of the arete of "Bushed Coyote," near the Java Wall (short, but rather unpleasant). It is also possible to scramble upstream and west over the huge boulders from the Grotto. Once beyond the boulders follow a trail up and right to the west end of the cliff band. Follow the trail right (east) to the base of The Upper Tier.
Weather station 2.7 miles from here
11 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]
Browse More Classics in The Upper Tier
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Upper Tier:
Blackie 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Reverb 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
The Barkley 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Sasha 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Featured Route For The Upper Tier
Man's Best Friend 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b CA
: Los Angeles Basin
: ... : The Upper Tier
"Man's Best Friend" climbs a gently overhanging buttress utilizing small pockets, edges, and crimps. Begin below a narrow ledge 8 ft above the base, mantle the ledge and continue pulling small pockets and features past a shallow horizontal. Above the horizontal pull onto the steep upper headwall on crimps to a large flat cobble. Continue up and left above the cobble to the anchors....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
In the shadow of Balanced Rock at The Upper Tier
The Upper Tier from the Mishe Mokwa Trail.