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Elevation: 5,131 ft
GPS: 37.3352, -118.49894
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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??

Mt. Williamson (14,389 ft.) rising over 10,000 feet from the valley floor

Getting There Suggest change

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.

First winter snows on Bear Creek Spire at sunrise

Guide Services

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Golden State Guiding
Mount Whitney Base Camp
Sierra Mountain Center
Sierra Mountaineering inc.
Mammoth Mountain Guides
Ground up Climbing Guides
Sierra Mountain Guides

6,267 Total Climbs

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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
 663
Heavenly Path
Boulder
V2 5+
 328
The Hunk
Boulder
V4 6B
 526
Iron Man Traverse
Boulder
V4 6B
 469
Ketron Classic
Boulder
V4 6B PG13
 180
Jedi Mind Tricks
Boulder
V4+ 6B+
 290
Bowling Pin
Boulder
V5 6C
 177
Strength in Numbers (Original SIN)
Boulder
V6 7A
 342
The Hulk
Boulder
V6 7A
 301
The Ruckus (aka Seven Spanish An…
Boulder
V7 7A+
 266
High Plains Drifter
Boulder
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 363
West Face
Trad 4 pitches
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 512
Third Pillar, Regular Route
Trad 5 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 336
Gorgeous
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 344
Sheila
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 193
Grindrite
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Heavenly Path Bishop Area > … > Central Happine… > Heavenly Path Boulder
 663
V1 5 PG13 Boulder
The Hunk Bishop Area > … > Buttermilks Main > Hunk
 328
V2 5+ Boulder
Iron Man Traverse Bishop Area > … > Iron Man Area > Iron Man Boulder
 526
V4 6B Boulder
Ketron Classic Bishop Area > … > Savannah Area > Savannah Boulder
 469
V4 6B Boulder
Jedi Mind Tricks Bishop Area > … > Pollen Grains /… > Jedi Boulder
 180
V4 6B PG13 Boulder
Bowling Pin Bishop Area > … > Buttermilks Main > Bowling Pin Boulder
 290
V4+ 6B+ Boulder
Strength in Numbers (Origin… Bishop Area > … > Strength in Num… > Strength in Numbers
 177
V5 6C Boulder
The Hulk Bishop Area > … > Central Happine… > Happy Boulder
 342
V6 7A Boulder
The Ruckus (aka Seven Spani… Bishop Area > Buttermilk Country > Get Carter Boulder
 301
V6 7A Boulder
High Plains Drifter Bishop Area > … > Buttermilks Main > Drifter/Smoking Boulder
 266
V7 7A+ Boulder
West Face Bishop Area > Cardinal Pinnacle
 363
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 4 pitches
Third Pillar, Regular Route Lee Vining Cany… > Dana Plateau
 512
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad 5 pitches
Gorgeous Bishop Area > … > Upper Gorge > Gorgeous Towers
 336
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Sheila Bishop Area > … > Scheelite Canyo… > Pratt's Crack / Dihed…
 344
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Grindrite Bishop Area > … > Upper Gorge > Gotham City
 193
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
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