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BETA PHOTO: Overview of the Wild Rose Buttress as seen from So...


Nice white granite crag shortly before the South Lake dam. Cracks and a few new face routes above a small aspen forest on the southeast facing slope opposite the road.

Getting There 

See the Marty Lewis guide or the old '88 eastside guide.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.2 miles from here

5 Total Routes

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

Featured Route For Wild Rose Buttress
Donette Swain on the FA of Rose Gardening (aka Blackwater) in August 2000.

Blackwater 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : Wild Rose Buttress
This is one of the better climbs at Wild Rose. A nice, straight-in jam crack for 100 ft. The base is also easy to access without all the thorn bushes.The size varies from fingers to hands and is sort of flared (reminds me of cracks in Joshua Tree). It's pretty sustained but has some good rest spots....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Over & Out at Wild Rose Buttress.
Over & Out at Wild Rose Buttress.
Wild Rose Buttress near South Lake, above Bishop. Red is Thin Man, blue is Wild Rose, green is Bob-bob-a-ramp, yellow is Over & Out.
BETA PHOTO: Wild Rose Buttress near South Lake, above Bishop. ...
Overview of the Wild Rose Buttress as viewed from South Lake Road. The Columbine Cracks are located on the smaller buttress near the left edge of the photo.
BETA PHOTO: Overview of the Wild Rose Buttress as viewed from ...

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By Bryan G
From: San Jose
Aug 27, 2011
It should be mentioned that this is called Wild Rose Buttress because of the many wild (and thorny!) rose bushes that guard the base. They are mostly on the left side of the formation, which is also where most of the climbs are. It looked like they were at one point trimmed back, but have since regrown.

I suppose making your rappel into a thicket of rose bushes lends a certain amount of 'character' to the place.