Elevation: 5,079 ft
GPS: 37.502, -118.568 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 11,001 total · 73/month
Shared By: Tom Helvie on Dec 19, 2006 with improvements by MisterE Wolfe
Admins: Aron Quiter, Euan Cameron, AWinters, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
Access Issue: Bridges Out! IMPORTANT LADWP NEGOTIATIONS!! High water release May 13, 2019!!! Details

Description

This small area contains a modest selection of moderates, including one of the easiest bolted routes in the Gorge.

Getting There

On the eastside of the paved, Middle Power Plant Road, where the river bends and the steep hill ends.

The bridge that previously allowed access has been removed. Note Access Issue and LADWP negotiations.

Either hop the narrow gap below Anonymous Bolter, or cross via a log jam just down-stream.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Big Tower

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 43
Coming Attractions
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 13
Cult Classic
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 13
Alternate Ending
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 34
Director's Cut
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 14
Exit Stage Left
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 21
Big Screen
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Coming Attractions
 43
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Cult Classic
 13
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Alternate Ending
 13
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Director's Cut
 34
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Exit Stage Left
 14
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Big Screen
 21
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
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A good selection of really fun climbs in 5.10 range in this area.

EDIT/UPDATE: There is no longer a plank bridge crossing to this area. You can access Big Tower via rock-hopping slightly down-stream when the water is low. There is an alternate crossing on rocks or logs at Pink Wall. DO NOT attempt this crossing if the water is running high.

As a side note- the hillsides are really loose. We've made some effort to stabilize and mark the trails. Try to walk on established trails and large rocks whenever possible. Avoid shortcuts across the loose scree to help with the erosion issue. Thanks. Feb 9, 2016