Elevation: 5,729 ft
GPS: 37.527, -118.575 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Description

The Upper Gorge is a little narrower and more winding than the other sections of the Gorge. The cliffs face a variety of directions allowing the ability to chase shade or sun. There are several popular cliffs including the Gorgeous Towers, Gotham City, the Dihedrals and the Flavin' Haven. There is a good amount of quality moderates in the Upper Gorge. The hard climber should check out the Trestle wall, Holy Trinity, Joe's Garage and Franklin's Tower.

Getting There

Use the Upper Gorge parking lot, hike down the upper power plant road for a couple minutes looking for a steep trail down to the right. This trail leads into a 3rd class gully and then down a steep rocky trail.

This is a well traveled trail marked with a large cairn at the top. If you find yourself descending down very loose scree and talus with only a hint of footsteps turn back, you are going down the wrong way. 

The page shows the coordinates for around the north parking area.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Upper Gorge

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 108
Gangsta Lean
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 107
Slip 'n Slide
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 135
Lava Haul
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 171
Dr. Evil
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 117
Machine Gun Jumblies
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 272
Gorgeous
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 117
Wacked Scenario
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 87
Tall Dollar
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 120
Superfly
Sport 2 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 157
Pick Pocket
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 136
O.R.G.asm
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 158
Grindrite
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 83
C'mon Knucko
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 117
Knucko's Pride of the North
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 74
Flex Your Head
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Gangsta Lean Dihedrals
 108
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Slip 'n Slide Lower Elbow Room
 107
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Lava Haul Flavin Haven
 135
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Dr. Evil Gotham City
 171
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Machine Gun Jumblies Gotham City
 117
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Gorgeous Gorgeous Towers
 272
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Wacked Scenario Gorgeous Towers
 117
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Tall Dollar Gotham City
 87
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Superfly Cracked Towers
 120
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
Pick Pocket Holy Trinity
 157
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
O.R.G.asm Dihedrals
 136
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Grindrite Gotham City
 158
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
C'mon Knucko Gorgeous Towers
 83
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Knucko's Pride of the North Gorgeous Towers
 117
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Flex Your Head Gotham City
 74
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
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