Elevation: 9,200 ft
GPS: 37.603, -119.019 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: C Miller on Jan 24, 2007
Admins: Aron Quiter, Euan Cameron, AWinters, Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

Description

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

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.

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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
 22
Vernal Rain
Sport, Alpine
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 5
We met Quimet
Sport, Alpine
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 30
Autumn Storm
Sport, Alpine
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 30
Reallyfivenineplus
Sport, Alpine
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 17
Tiger's Eye
Sport, Alpine
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 5
Arroyo Seco
Trad, Alpine
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 37
D.D.D.
Sport, Alpine
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 15
This is the Meaning of Life
Sport, Alpine
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 9
Delayed Labor
Sport, Alpine
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 10
All Work No Spray
Sport, Alpine
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 5
The Golden Shot
Sport, Alpine
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Vernal Rain Wavy Gravy Wall
 22
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, Alpine
We met Quimet Dog Wall
 5
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, Alpine
Autumn Storm Wavy Gravy Wall
 30
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport, Alpine
Reallyfivenineplus Spring Wall
 30
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, Alpine
Tiger's Eye Spring Wall
 17
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, Alpine
Arroyo Seco Stream Wall
 5
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, Alpine
D.D.D. Spring Wall
 37
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, Alpine
This is the Meaning of Life Stream Wall
 15
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, Alpine
Delayed Labor Stream Wall
 9
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
The Golden Shot Stream Wall
 5
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, Alpine
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