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Shared By: Paul Rezucha on Jul 25, 2005
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The Lower Tier is mostly face climbing with climbs ranging from 5.9 to 5.10c/d. Several of the 8 climbs make excellent sport leads but bolts may be a little far apart in places. Trad gear helps to protect the sparse areas. Since this is the first rock face you come to as you approach the area and has many great face climbs, most people would start climbing here. All routes have anchors and some have rappel rings. This lower tier is around 50' tall at the highest point. Great routes on the lower tier include Indian Springs and Zephyr. The rock is solid granite with many features and characteristics. Very good place for moderate level climbers to practice face climbing!

Getting There

From the parking lot you would head straight in towards the cliffs following a small trail that leads right to a low angle slab to the right. Hike to the top of the slab and then head straight towards the left side of the lower tier. Approach time is only 10-15 minutes.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Lower Cliffs, Lower Tier

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Crackey McCrackerton (....unknown)
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Grizzly Crack
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Indian Springs
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Crackey McCrackerton (....u…
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Grizzly Crack
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Indian Springs
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
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Paul Rezucha
Paul Rezucha   Alameda
My apologies to Rocco Spina and friends who were the developers of this area in 1990. I just learned this information and wanted to pass it on to all. Rocco Spina pretty much did all the FA at Indian Springs. Aug 1, 2005
Alex Curtis
Rexburg, ID
Alex Curtis   Rexburg, ID
This is a great area because it is fairly accessible and still has the feeling of being remote. The routes are challenging, but not so tough that they become a chore, or frustrating. I think that it is important to note that all the routes (that I know of) on the lower tier can be Top Roped. There is a fairly easy class IV scramble to the left of the routes. It is fairly obvious when you see it. (Sorry I didn't get a picture). You can simply climb to the top, set up the rope and rappel down to your buddies and begin climbing.

Great for practicing and very fun routes. Jul 30, 2008
I just went climbing this past weekend (August 2010). Zephyr was a fun climb, but when I got to the top I found the anchor bolts to be loose. Needing to reclaim my gear I walked over to the bolts on the left, set up an anchor, and redirected it by a quickdraw running off the 3rd and middle bolt of Zephyr. We had to walk around to reclaim the anchor. You can lead this, but shouldn't top-rope it, as the anchors at the top are not secure. You'll have to jury-rig something to reclaim your quickdraws. Aug 16, 2010
M. Morley
Sacramento, CA
M. Morley   Sacramento, CA  
Fixed. Apr 22, 2013
Justin Johnsen
Sacramento, CA
Justin Johnsen   Sacramento, CA  
Danke Mike! Apr 23, 2013
Whitney Christine
Nevada City, CA
Whitney Christine   Nevada City, CA
Anchors are flaking and rusty chains on the first five routes on the left. Sep 6, 2017
One of the anchor bolts for Zephyr is loose and needs to be replaced ASAP. The entire lower tier needs to be gone over by someone capable. I climb here regularly and there is lots of old or dangerous gear. Please do not top rope that anchor until replaced and inspect all bolts before clipping

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