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The Upper Tier Rock Climbing 


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Location: 34.12544, -118.92721 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Benjamin Chapman on Feb 24, 2010  with updates from Andreas Pfander
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Description 

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.

Getting There 

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.

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.7 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',2],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',8],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['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]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Upper Tier

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Upper Tier:
Blackie    5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Welcome to Echo   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
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'   
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Featured Route For The Upper Tier
Rock Climbing Photo: Sasha

Sasha 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  CA : Los Angeles Basin : ... : The Upper Tier
Sasha begins 15ft right (east) of "Reverb" (5.10a) on the Upper Tier. The route starts with pockets beneath a small black overhang. The route ascends the steep orange and black face on positive edges and a variety of small pockets past 6 bolts. Pass the black overhang (& 6th bolt) on the left....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of The Upper Tier Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The Upper Tier from the Mishe Mokwa Trail.
The Upper Tier from the Mishe Mokwa Trail.
Rock Climbing Photo: In the shadow of Balanced Rock at The Upper Tier
In the shadow of Balanced Rock at The Upper Tier

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