Elevation: 11,040 ft
GPS: 38.122, -119.415 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Chris Owen on Aug 22, 2006 with improvements by christamcooper and 2 others
Admins: Chris Owen, Lurker, M Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

Description

This crag in the Sawtooth Range can honestly lay claim to being one of the biggest granite walls in the High Sierra. Essentially the culmination of the north ridge of Eocene Peak. It is separated from the towers to the south by a significant notch, which forms part of the standard descent route (see below).

Getting There

The trailhead is at Twin Lakes/Mono Village, to park at the Marina you must pay $10.00.

Hike west along the Robinson Creek Trail to Little Slide Canyon. There used to be a sign but be despite misinformation (old), as of 7/2019, there is no turn off sign to diverge towards Little Slide Canyon. However, the path diverges in between two larger rocks, with a pine as a decent land marker if you're having trouble (See photo below). Robinson Creek is easily crossed via fell tree even with a high flow year like we are having in 2019 after negotiating boggy terrain and a couple of tributaries (sandals recommended, cache on other side) to the south bank of Robinson Creek, go right (west) and pick up "The Switchbacks" which are steep but short. Continue to follow the trail on less steep ground to the talus. Stay left of the creek while the ground is relatively flat, crossing over when you get to a large talus field that is covered by snow in the early season. As the canyon gets steeper the best path is on the right hand side of a central outcropping. This is less steep when there is snow and there is usually a trail when it has melted. Follow the path and cairns through talus, trees, and at one point onto the rock outcropping in the middle. The trail becomes less obvious where there is usually snow, but cairns do mark a way up over granite benches, and ledges to a flat area west of the Hulk and east of Maltby Lake.

Some people mountain bike to the turnoff to go into Little Slide Canyon, some people do the Hulk in one long day, some people camp beneath the climbs - it's up to you, and how you view the mountains.

Descent from the Routes
From the summit, and after paying homage to the Superball - make a steep and exposed Class 3 descent (nervous soloists need not apply) of the south ridge, about 300', near its terminus go left and descend down to the rappel anchor, where a single rope rappel will deposit you in the notch mentioned above. Go right (west) and descend steep and loose scree to a small tower and a branch. Take the left branch and Class 5 down climb the overhanging chockstone - very worrying. A little further you'll reach the main gully beneath the Incredible Hulk's wall - stagger and stumble down some of the worst scree I've ever seen back to the start of the climbs, and then down the final scree fan. Some may take 45 minutes to do this, I've seen it written up as "trivial" - IMHO it's more than both of these.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Incredible Hulk

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 20
Beeline
Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 283
Red Dihedral (aka "Yggdrasil")
Trad, Alpine 12 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 38
The Polish Route
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 261
Positive Vibrations
Trad, Alpine 12 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 88
Sunspot Dihedral
Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 12
Astrohulk
Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 24
Tradewinds
Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 9
Lost in the Sun
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 6
Wind Shear
Trad, Alpine 13 pitches
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
 26
The Venturi Effect
Trad, Alpine 10 pitches
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
 4
Solar Burn
Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
 8
Lenticular Gyrations
Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 3
Blowhard
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
 13
Solar Flare
Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
 3
Airstream
Trad, Alpine 11 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Beeline
 20
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
Red Dihedral (aka "Yggdrasil")
 283
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 12 pitches
The Polish Route
 38
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Positive Vibrations
 261
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Alpine 12 pitches
Sunspot Dihedral
 88
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
Astrohulk
 12
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
Tradewinds
 24
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
Lost in the Sun
 9
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Wind Shear
 6
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad, Alpine 13 pitches
The Venturi Effect
 26
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Trad, Alpine 10 pitches
Solar Burn
 4
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
Lenticular Gyrations
 8
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
Blowhard
 3
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Solar Flare
 13
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
Airstream
 3
5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c Trad, Alpine 11 pitches
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