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Elevation: 9,200 ft
GPS: 37.603, -119.0186
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Shared By: C Miller on Jan 24, 2007
Admins: Aron Quiter, Euan Cameron, Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer Ski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

Description Suggest change

This is a small grouping of crags on the steep, wooded slopes above Horseshoe Lake (hence the name) with fabulous views of the surrounding area. Most of the climbs here are sport routes, with a few exceptions, on high quality alpine granite.

Due to the high elevation and northerly aspect of the crags the climbing season is fairly short and dependant upon the snowpack. Mid-summer to early fall is a sure bet with lighter snow years yielding more climbable months.

Routes here range in difficulty from 5.8 to 5.11c with the bulk of the routes being in the 5.10-5.11 range. Standouts here include D.D.D. (5.11a) on the Spring Crag and This Is The Meaning Of Life (5.11a) on the Stream Wall.

Getting There Suggest change

Park at the Lake George parking lot and start hiking on the Crystal Lake Trail. Hike uphill for several minutes until you reach some large water tanks and then leave the trail heading west. Cross over the ridgeline and then contour along the hillside following some metal pipes until you reach a stream. Head uphill where you'll see the Spring Crag. The approach takes 15-20 minutes if you hit it right.

There is a very good trail from the ridge to the stream. At the stream, look up and there is the Spring Crag. We missed it and ended up at the Wavy Gravy wall and had to backtrack to the Spring Crag.

45 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Horseshoe Piles

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 31
Vernal Rain
Sport, Alpine
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 67
Cleaning Lady
Sport, Alpine
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 36
Autumn Storm
Sport, Alpine
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 31
Population Explosion
Sport, Alpine
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 54
Fall Harvest
Sport, Alpine
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 42
Reallyfivenineplus
Sport, Alpine
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 36
Graupel with This
Sport, Alpine
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 21
Edge of Freedom
Sport, Alpine
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 21
Tiger's Eye
Sport, Alpine
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 46
D.D.D.
Sport, Alpine
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 15
Giving Tree
Sport, Alpine
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 22
Full Yellow Jacket
Sport, Alpine
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 19
This is the Meaning of Life
Sport, Alpine
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 12
Delayed Labor
Sport, Alpine
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 10
All Work No Spray
Sport, Alpine
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Vernal Rain Wavy Gravy Wall
 31
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, Alpine
Cleaning Lady Spring Wall
 67
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, Alpine
Autumn Storm Wavy Gravy Wall
 36
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, Alpine
Population Explosion Wavy Gravy Wall
 31
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, Alpine
Fall Harvest Spring Wall
 54
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, Alpine
Reallyfivenineplus Spring Wall
 42
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, Alpine
Graupel with This Wavy Gravy Wall
 36
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, Alpine
Edge of Freedom Spring Wall
 21
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, Alpine
Tiger's Eye Spring Wall
 21
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, Alpine
D.D.D. Spring Wall
 46
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, Alpine
Giving Tree Wavy Gravy Wall
 15
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, Alpine
Full Yellow Jacket Spring Wall
 22
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, Alpine
This is the Meaning of Life Stream Wall
 19
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, Alpine
Delayed Labor Stream Wall
 12
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, Alpine
All Work No Spray Stream Wall
 10
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport, Alpine
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