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Areas in Sierra Eastside

Bishop Area 343 / 765 / 22 / 1252 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 59 / 2337
Central Owens Valley 0 / 0 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Eastern Hills 38 / 21 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 59
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 23 / 22 / 86 / 218 / 6 / 1 / 2 / 4 / 330
Lee Vining Canyon / Tioga Road 93 / 37 / 22 / 32 / 20 / 0 / 21 / 32 / 182
Lone Pine Area 160 / 277 / 27 / 2 / 4 / 3 / 1 / 5 / 453
Lundy Canyon 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Mammoth Lakes Area 192 / 348 / 28 / 631 / 1 / 0 / 1 / 19 / 1180
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??

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

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.

First winter snows on Bear Creek Spire at sunrise

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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.
V2 5+
 150
The Hunk
Boulder
V4 6B PG13
 104
Jedi Mind Tricks
Boulder
V5 6C
 87
Strength in Numbers (Original SIN)
Boulder
V6 7A
 176
The Hulk
Boulder
V6 7A
 140
Seven Spanish Angels (aka The Ruckus)
Boulder
V7 7A+
 144
High Plains Drifter
Boulder
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 82
Southwest Arete
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 95
Pratt's Crack
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 188
West Face
Trad 4 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 237
Third Pillar, Regular Route
Trad 5 pitches
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 174
Sheila
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 88
O.R.G.asam
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 133
Expressway
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 95
Grindrite
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 84
From Chocolate to Morphine
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Hunk Bishop Area > … > Buttermilks Main > Hunk
 150
V2 5+ Boulder
Jedi Mind Tricks Bishop Area > … > Pollen Grains /… > Jedi Boulder
 104
V4 6B PG13 Boulder
Strength in Numbers (Origin… Bishop Area > … > Sad Boulders > Strength in Numbers Area
 87
V5 6C Boulder
The Hulk Bishop Area > … > Central Happine… > Happy Boulder
 176
V6 7A Boulder
Seven Spanish Angels (aka T… Bishop Area > Buttermilk Country > Get Carter Boulder
 140
V6 7A Boulder
High Plains Drifter Bishop Area > … > Buttermilks Main > Drifter/Smoking Boulder
 144
V7 7A+ Boulder
Southwest Arete Bishop Area > … > Peabody Boulders > Grandma Peabody Boulder
 82
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Pratt's Crack Bishop Area > … > Scheelite Canyo… > Pratt's Crack / Dihed…
 95
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
West Face Bishop Area > Cardinal Pinnacle
 188
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 4 pitches
Third Pillar, Regular Route Lee Vining Cany… > Dana Plateau
 237
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 5 pitches
Sheila Bishop Area > … > Scheelite Canyo… > Pratt's Crack / Dihed…
 174
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad
O.R.G.asam Bishop Area > … > Upper Gorge > Dihedrals
 88
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Expressway Bishop Area > … > Central Gorge > Social Platform
 133
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Grindrite Bishop Area > … > Upper Gorge > Gotham City
 95
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
From Chocolate to Morphine Bishop Area > … > Central Gorge > Faulty Tower
 84
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
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