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Elevation: 5,769 ft
GPS: 40.62348, -111.74585
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Shared By: Nathan Fisher on Apr 8, 2004 · Updates
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A gully located right at Stairs Gulch. It is on the north side of the road, and consists of mainly trad routes with some bolted routes. Good anchors on most of the climbs make for easy descents. The climbs range from 5.6 to 5.12b. They mostly face the west with a bit of southerly exposure. So they tend to be warm. Poison oak can be a problem in the upper reaches. Some of the climbs are right on the stream and therefore wet in the spring.

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Park at the Stairs Gulch pullout on the north side of the road, just before the Storm Mountain Picnic Area. Cross the stream at the gully and climb.

If accessing the upper climbs (Karmic Whiplash, The Wraith) there is an alternative approach that avoids the poison ivy and the rushing creek crossing in the spring and summer. Park in the Storm Mountain Picnic Area for a fee or outside of it for free. Once in the picnic area, cross the paved bridge and head left towards the Storm Mountain Amphitheater. Pass the amphitheater and take a right to access a trail which eventually cuts back south along the ridge line. Continue straight on this trail past an obvious four-way intersection. Shortly after this intersection, there is a sizable boulder and a faint trail on the left. Take this faint trail for about a minute and it will deposit you directly into the gully (15 mins).

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Classic Climbing Routes at Dark Star Gully

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5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 21
Fine Arete
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 18
The Wraith
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 24
Karmic Whiplash
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Fine Arete
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5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
The Wraith
 18
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Karmic Whiplash
 24
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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