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Areas in Sierra Eastside

Bishop Area 327 / 726 / 23 / 1149 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 40 / 2179
Central Owens Valley 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Eastern Hills 37 / 20 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 57
Fossil Falls 19 / 1 / 17 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 30
Indian Wells Canyon 8 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
June Lake Area 19 / 22 / 86 / 218 / 3 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 326
Lee Vining Canyon / Tioga Road 93 / 37 / 22 / 32 / 20 / 0 / 21 / 32 / 182
Lone Pine Area 155 / 263 / 24 / 2 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 1 / 427
Lundy Canyon 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Mammoth Lakes Area 166 / 339 / 29 / 617 / 1 / 0 / 1 / 19 / 1132
Sherwin Secrets 0 / 0 / 0 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Walker River Canyon 7 / 0 / 1 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 13

Description

Where the high desert meets the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada. It's home to the mighty and expansive Owens Valley, the deepest in the lower 48, and one of the only known super volcanoes on the planet: The Long Valley Caldera, just south of Mammoth. The vistas are astounding, the weather is prime and the climbing is even better.

The Eastside offers an almost incomprehensible amount of clean, climbable rock, including sport climbing at Owens River Gorge and Clark Canyon, bouldering in the Buttermilks and Happy Boulders, and alpine climbing on 14,000' granite peaks. On rest days, soak your sore muscles and relax in the numerous natural hot springs... could this be paradise??

Getting There

From Los Angeles, head north on Hwy 14 through the desert towns of Palmdale, Lancaster, and Mojave to join Hwy 395. The scenic 395 parallels the eastern Sierra through the Owens Valley from the L.A. basin to Reno. Lone Pine is the first "major" town (pop. 1,655) en route, and is the jumping off point for Mt. Whitney and other popular destinations in the John Muir Wilderness (see High Sierra section). 60 miles north is the town of Bishop (pop. 3,575). Bishop was home of the late, renowned climber/photographer Galen Rowell, who, along with his wife Barbara, was killed August 11, 2002 in a small plane crash outside town. Rowell's gallery, the Mountain Light, is located at 106 South Main Street in downtown Bishop.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Sierra Eastside

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V1 5 PG13
Heavenly Path
Boulder
V2 5+
The Hunk
Boulder
V4 6B
Iron Man Traverse
Boulder
V4 6B
Bowling Pin
Boulder
V4 6B PG13
Jedi Mind Tricks
Boulder
V6 7A
The Hulk
Boulder
V6 7A
Seven Spanish Angels (aka The Ruckus)
Boulder
V7 7A+
High Plains Drifter
Boulder
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Pratt's Crack
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
West Face
Trad 4 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Third Pillar, Regular Route
Trad 5 pitches
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Sheila
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Gorgeous
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
Sendero Luminoso
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Expressway
Sport
Heavenly Path Bishop Area > … 1 > Central Happiness… > Heavenly Path Boulder V1 5 PG13 Boulder
The Hunk Bishop Area > … > Buttermilks Main > Hunk V2 5+ Boulder
Iron Man Traverse Bishop Area > … 1 > Iron Man Area > Iron Man Boulder V4 6B Boulder
Bowling Pin Bishop Area > … > Buttermilks Main > Bowling Pin Boulder V4 6B Boulder
Jedi Mind Tricks Bishop Area > … > Pollen Grains / L… > Jedi Boulder V4 6B PG13 Boulder
The Hulk Bishop Area > … 1 > Central Happiness… > Happy Boulder V6 7A Boulder
Seven Spanish Angels (aka T… Bishop Area > Buttermilk Country > Get Carter Boulder V6 7A Boulder
High Plains Drifter Bishop Area > … > Buttermilks Main > Drifter/Smoking Boulder V7 7A+ Boulder
Pratt's Crack Bishop Area > … > Scheelite Canyon… > Pratt's Crack / Dihedrals Area 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
West Face Bishop Area > Cardinal Pinnacle 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 4 pitches
Third Pillar, Regular Route Lee Vining Canyon… > Dana Plateau 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 5 pitches
Sheila Bishop Area > … > Scheelite Canyon… > Pratt's Crack / Dihedrals Area 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad
Gorgeous Bishop Area > … > Upper Gorge > Gorgeous Towers 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Sendero Luminoso Bishop Area > … > Central Gorge > Solarium 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R Sport
Expressway Bishop Area > … > Central Gorge > Social Platform 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
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