Elevation: 9,200 ft
GPS: 37.228, -118.596 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Darshan Ahluwalia on Sep 21, 2006
Admins: Aron Quiter, Euan Cameron, AWinters, M Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
Access Issue: Covid-19 Access Restrictions Details

Description

A 400-500 foot granite crag nestled on a rocky mountainside in the foothills of the Sierras. The rock is granite and very clean. The routes are characterized by steep and exposed splitter crack climbing in one of the coolest locations near Bishop.

Getting There

From downtown Bishop, take W. Line Street (rt. 168 west) towards the Sierras. After 20 miles or so, gaining substantial elevation, you'll come to the small community of Aspendell. The Pinnacle can be seen from here up on the left side of the road, perched on the mountainside about a half mile past Aspendell. Park below the talus on the side of the road.

Cardinal Pinnacle as seen from the road. Hike up the talus to approach but be careful: there is A LOT of loose rock. Photo by Kia Ravanfar.

18 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Cardinal Pinnacle

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 12
Red Bush
Trad 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 265
West Face
Trad 4 pitches
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 30
Cucumbers
Trad 3 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 66
Crack Kingdom
Trad 5 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 72
V8 Crack
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 9
Bard-Harrington Finish
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5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 18
The Prow
Trad 4 pitches
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 6
Cardinal Sin
Trad 4 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Red Bush
 12
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
West Face
 265
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 4 pitches
Cucumbers
 30
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Crack Kingdom
 66
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad 5 pitches
V8 Crack
 72
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Bard-Harrington Finish
 9
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
The Prow
 18
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad 4 pitches
Cardinal Sin
 6
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Trad 4 pitches
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