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First Cliff 13 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 14
First Cliff, Left Tower. 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
First Cliff, Right Tower 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Orange Pillar 11 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11
Elevation: 10,600 ft
GPS: 37.463, -118.746 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Greg Barnes on Dec 12, 2006
Admins: Aron Quiter, Euan Cameron, AWinters, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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Description

The awesome, newly re-developed area for steep clean "sport" cracks (bolted face and tricky pro sections, and good bolted anchors). As close as you get to Indian Creek on eastern Sierra granite. High, north-facing, and cold - but great for hot summer days!

Getting There

Head up Rock Creek Canyon for about 9 miles. You'll pass the turn off to Rock Creek Lodge and then the stables. Drive a little further and there will be a toilet on your left and then a long series of parking spots. Park here. Head back down the road for about 50 feet and there will be a sign for the "Hilton Lake" trail head.

Start up this trail for 5 minutes. Immediately at the fourth switchback there will be a trail heading into the woods to the West. Take this trail for about 15 minutes. When the trail ends start a gentle, rising traverse to the right on talus for 20-30 minutes. It's better to stay low on the big talus rather than deal with the scree and shin daggers up higher. Eventually the north facing crag will come into view.

About 45 minutes....

See Marty Lewis/John Moynier "Mammoth Area Rock Climbs" guidebook (3rd ed. 2004 - not in previous editions)

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Classic Climbing Routes at Patricia Bowl

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 16
Living the Dream
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 54
Boi-oi-oi-ing!
Trad 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 23
Tommy Boy
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 19
Stoic Tree Arete
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 40
Modern Trad
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 13
Breathless Arete
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 10
Flyin' High
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 14
Golden Flake
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 42
Sons of Liberty
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 8
High Expectations
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 5
Forces of Nature
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 20
Freedom Fighter
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 5
Whiz Bang
Trad 2 pitches
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 24
Pie in the Sky
Trad 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Living the Dream First Cliff
 16
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Boi-oi-oi-ing! Orange Pillar
 54
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 3 pitches
Tommy Boy Orange Pillar
 23
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Stoic Tree Arete First Cliff, Left Tower.
 19
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Modern Trad First Cliff
 40
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Breathless Arete First Cliff
 13
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Flyin' High First Cliff
 10
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Golden Flake First Cliff
 14
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Sons of Liberty First Cliff
 42
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
High Expectations Orange Pillar
 8
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Forces of Nature First Cliff
 5
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Freedom Fighter First Cliff
 20
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Whiz Bang First Cliff
 5
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 2 pitches
Pie in the Sky First Cliff
 24
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad 2 pitches
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This is an excellent area, esp when it's hot down in the valley. IMO, more reminiscent of The Needles than Indian Creek -- I don't believe we used more than two pieces of a given size on any single pitch.

Kudos to the first ascensionists etc, but I feel they were in general much too aggresive w/ the drill -- virtually every bolt on the climbs I did had a reasonable if small gear placement near by. For instance, the first bolt of Sons of Liberty is about one foot to the side of a solid green Alien placement. Jul 3, 2007
outdooreric
Bishop, CA
outdooreric   Bishop, CA
It reminds me of an alpine Cookie Cliff.
Some routes do seem to have bolts next to gear placements. The majority of the trad routes done after 2002 have no lead bolts whatsoever. We tried to buck that trend and establish routes ground up, on-site without any bolts (adding belay bolts later). Hopefully future first ascentionists will continue this ethic and only bolt when necessary. Jul 5, 2007
fubar
Babylon
fubar   Babylon
If you are doing the routes at the first cliff please be careful not to lower/rap off the end of your rope! This has happened to multiple parties up here with a 60m. Jan 6, 2013
David Enloe
Atlanta, GA
David Enloe   Atlanta, GA
A friend and I lost a dog up in the Hilton/Davis Lakes area on July 16th. If anyone notices any sign of a lost, 90lb, black/brindle (white chest) hound dog roaming around in the woods, please call David at 305-333-8681. Any sign of him, however uncertain, will be much appreciated. Thanks everyone! Jul 18, 2014
Chris Owen
Big Bear Lake
Chris Owen   Big Bear Lake  
In winter this is a fine "powder stash" backcountry skiing venue with a casual approach. Feb 29, 2016
Sean Maher
Santa Barbara, CA
Sean Maher   Santa Barbara, CA
Notes from this morning's confusion: while the toilet is on the left the parking area will be on your right, and the "stables" does not refer to the pack station. If you pass the pack station, you've gone too far. Also the climbing here is amazing and well worth the trip! Aug 12, 2016
Kevin Ross
San Francisco, CA
Kevin Ross   San Francisco, CA
Was up in the Patricia Bowl area this weekend (6/25/2017) - all of the routes look dry but there's still 25 feet of snow at the base of Boi-oi-oi-ing (and many other routes), along with a somewhat sketchy bergschrund guarding the wall. We decided against trying to get on the route. If you are harder than us, it might be possible to cut steps down the bergschrund to access the route. Bring crampons! Sons of Liberty is good to go though. Jun 26, 2017
Hello, I was up here at Patricia Bowl last week and may have left my helmet. If you see it please message me I would love to get it back. 7 days ago · Lost & Found

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