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Blacksmith T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Chim Chimney T,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Cowpuncher T,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Giddy Up! S,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Horseman S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Rodeo Rider T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Unknown 1 TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Unknown 10 TR 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Unknown 2 TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Unknown 4 TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Unknown 5 TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Unknown 6 TR 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Unknown 7 S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Unknown 8 TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Unknown 9 TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Wrangler S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
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This is a small East Facing cliff at the southern end of Horseshoe Lake.

Many of the routes are top roped, but there are a few bolted climbs, and a limited amount of slab boulder problems.

It is a good area for families and beginners.

Also if you have 4 legged friends its ideal, since Horseshoe Lake is one of the more popular places for locals to take their dogs for a walk.

Getting There

From the town of Mammoth Lakes follow Main Street, and continue straight at the traffic lights onto Lake Mary Road. Follow this to its end, and park at the Horseshoe Lake parking lot.

Hike south along the west side of the lake, until an obvious granite buttress is reached. The climbs are all found here.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Horseshoe Slabs

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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
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Euan Cameron
Mammoth Lakes
Euan Cameron   Mammoth Lakes  
Only a few of the routes have names recorded, so I have listed the lines from left to right Unknown1, Unknown2, etc.

Although they don't have any names some of these routes give good climbing. Aug 21, 2007
Worster than you
Lafayette, CA
Worster than you   Lafayette, CA
Really a great starting area for kids. 10 minutes on the nose from town. 10 minutes on the nose if you walk normally to the base. Right off the trail. 5.4 TR is easy as pie to set up and you can make 3 variations from there. If your plans go astray (as will happen with young climbers), no big deal, you haven't invested that much and you can go play at all the lakes. Aug 21, 2013
In the 4th edition print guidebook, this crag with these routes is called
Horseshoe Slabs Right side.
. (there are five other routes not listed here on MP on
. . Horseshoe Slabs Left side, about 35 yards up the hill)

About 0.5 mile / 0.9km gentle walk from Parking (GPS lat long ~ N37.6129 W119.0208) by the N end of Horseshoe Lake.
Toilets at parking, but we did not see any bear-proof food storage containers (as of 2014).

Directions: From the Parking, start south on a wide straight dirt mountain-bike trail following about 50 yards/meters from the west shore of Horseshoe Lake. After about 0.25 mile / 400m cross the first bridge. Trail gets narrower and curvier, more bridges. After another 0.25 mile / 400m, the 7th bridge has some additional curved wood supporting below one side. Just across it on R side is a rock face about 20-30 feet high. Another 20 yards/meters, turn off trail to Right side, and another 20-30 yards/meters to the cliff (GPS lat long ~ N37.6056 W119.0214).

Access to top of cliffs:
  • around Left end of Left half (of H.S. Right side) is at least class 4
  • between the Left and Right halves (of H.S. Right side) is around 5.2
  • around Right end of Right half is class 2 (or a shorter way class 3)
Aug 15, 2014

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