Elevation: 5,353 ft
GPS: 37.49, -118.567 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Description

One of the lesser crowded areas despite having great routes in all grades. Penstock and Warning Signs are the most popular areas in the Lower gorge. The power plant does detract from the atmosphere. All of the cliffs are located off of the power plant road.

Getting There

Either approach from the central gully, taking a right at the bottom of the gully, or by the South gorge approach (middle power plant road).

The page location shows the south parking area.

117 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Lower 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
 30
Watch For Rocks
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 42
Coming Attractions
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 18
Elmo
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 41
Valley 5.8
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 28
Director's Cut
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 12
Exit Stage Left
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 26
Results May Vary
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 5
Hot Pockets
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 53
Warning Signs
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 29
Timeless
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 6
Steel Reserve/ No Reserves
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 16
House of Cards
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 20
D.W.P.
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 23
Pumping Groundwater
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 35
Flashflood
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Watch For Rocks Warning Signs
 30
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Coming Attractions Big Tower
 42
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Elmo Warning Signs
 18
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Valley 5.8 Powerhouse Wall
 41
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Director's Cut Big Tower
 28
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Exit Stage Left Big Tower
 12
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Results May Vary Warning Signs
 26
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Hot Pockets Oh Face
 5
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Warning Signs Warning Signs
 53
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Timeless Warning Signs
 29
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Steel Reserve/ No Reserves Oh Face
 6
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
House of Cards Warning Signs
 16
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
D.W.P. Penstock Rock
 20
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Pumping Groundwater Penstock Rock
 23
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Flashflood Penstock Rock
 35
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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Does anyone know anything about the three new lines in the lower gorge that you encounter on your left, just as the road flattens? I know that they have brand new gold colored hangers, mussy anchors and are probably in the 5.7 to 5.9 range. They use up all of a 60m rope to lower. Because of the blocky nature of the top, there is a lot of rope drag to toprope. Oct 18, 2008
Bruce Willey
Bishop, CA
Bruce Willey   Bishop, CA
Did them yesterday, well two of them (far left and far right) before we ran out of daylight. More like mountaineering routes (respectfully) thann the usual sporty ORG experience. They were good, though. Reckon they come in at 5.6 or so. Feb 4, 2010
rex parker
las vegas n.v
rex parker   las vegas n.v
yeah i seen people climbing that yesterday.. they left their gear on the pavement....woah be carefull water and power come screaming around their in their trucks... also before these climbs up the road on the white pumice rock a crazy new slab climb with six bolts to shunt anchor looks sweet right nof the pavement after the second bend coming down the hill... who dunnit? rex Dec 22, 2011
Howie Stern
Mammoth Lakes, Ca
Howie Stern   Mammoth Lakes, Ca
That new route just down from the parking lot was put up by myself, Michael Forkash, and Kent Barton back in December of 2009. It is called Road Wave (10c). Very fun! Dec 22, 2011
MisterE Wolfe
Bishop, CA
MisterE Wolfe   Bishop, CA
The GPS coordinates for the Lower Gorge Turn-off are: 37 29.375'N, 118 34.044' W Mar 6, 2017
MisterE Wolfe
Bishop, CA
MisterE Wolfe   Bishop, CA
2023 steps: Big Tower bridge to gate - just for reference. :) Jul 4, 2018