Saddle Rocks Climbing
|GPS:||33.994, -116.14 Google Map · Climbing Map|
|Shared By:||Brian Reynolds on Jun 26, 2002|
|Admins:||C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes|
DescriptionSaddle Rocks, which rise out of the west flank of Ryan Mountain, is probably the largest single formation in the park, and it dominates the view from virtually anywhere in the Lost Horse Valley. It's also home to some of the longest climbs in the park. Due to the complex nature of the area it has been broken into three parts - Saddle Rocks - Skirt the lower slabby portion, Saddle Rocks - Pommel the middle portion and Saddle Rocks - Cantle the uppermost portion.
Probably the most notable climb here is the classic Walk on the Wild Side, a three-pitch 5.7+ that ascends the west face of the formation. Right On (3 pitches, 5.5) is also very worthwhile, as are a number of other climbs, ranging from 5.8 on the low end, to far far harder than most of us will ever climb on the high end.
Most routes offer a rap descent, and in some cases a second rope may come in handy.
Getting TherePark on the side of the main park road, between Ryan Campground and Sheep Pass. The parking spot is almost due west of the formation -- you should be looking at it head on. Follow marked Access Fund trails for several hundred yards to the base of Walk on the Wild Side. Traverse to either side of the formation for climbs on the north and south faces.
Parking is also available to the north, near the Ryan Mountain trailhead, but the approach is significantly longer and, due to the topography of the gullies that come off of Ryan Mountain, it is also significantly harder.
Classic Climbing Routes at Saddle Rocks
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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