Elevation: 4,479 ft
GPS: 37.718, -119.647 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: George Bell on Feb 5, 2007 with improvements by Bryan G
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Description

This huge 600 foot high crag is often forgotten in the shadow of its even larger brothers: Middle and Higher Cathedral. Nevertheless, it contains several worthwhile routes, and in fact if this crag were in Florida there would be books written about it. Beggar's Buttress is Hans Florine's favorite climb (see the book "Fifty Favorite Climbs" by Mark Kroese). At a slightly easier grade, the East Buttress is worth doing. Overhang Bypass is an amazing 5.7 route with lots of history but a rather involved approach.

A dark, forbidding slot "the Gunsight" separates Lower Cathedral and Middle Cathedral. This serves as a descent route from the summit, involving a few rappels normally.

Getting There

Approaches are short, as this crag is only a few minutes from the road. Overhang Bypass is an exception.

19 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Lower Cathedral Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 9
Overhang Bypass
Trad 5 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 47
??? ["Kung Fu Panda"- is not ori…
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 16
Brother in Arms
Trad 2 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 9
Compass Rose
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 49
End of The Line
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 45
Unnamed but Beautiful
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 51
76 Degrees in the Shade
Trad, Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 6
Bridalveil Falls East
Trad 8 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 19
Sub-Mission
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 63
Mac Daddy
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 5
Unnamed N3 with chimney start
Trad 2 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 32
Beggar's Buttress
Trad 9 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 4
Overhang Overpass
Trad
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 5
Time Bandits
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Overhang Bypass
 9
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 5 pitches
??? ["Kung Fu Panda"- is no…
 47
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Brother in Arms
 16
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Compass Rose
 9
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
End of The Line
 49
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Unnamed but Beautiful
 45
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
76 Degrees in the Shade
 51
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Sport
Bridalveil Falls East
 6
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad 8 pitches
Sub-Mission
 19
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Mac Daddy
 63
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Unnamed N3 with chimney start
 5
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 2 pitches
Beggar's Buttress
 32
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 9 pitches
Overhang Overpass
 4
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
Time Bandits
 5
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad
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