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Areas in Crystal Crag

Highlands Wall 1 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11
Kilt Wall 1 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
North Arete 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 3
Schoolboy Buttress 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
alpine / multi-pitch 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 4

Description [Suggest Change]

Crystal Crag is easily seen from almost any point within the Mammoth Lakes basin. Its rocky form tops out at 10,364ft. There are a number of climbing options available. There are a couple of climbs that go all the way to the summit. However, some of the best climbing is found along the North East base of the peak.

The rock along the base is good quality granite, with many dikes and knobs.

The cliffs get early morning sun, and are blissfully sheltered from the strong summer sun, for most of the day.

Getting There [Suggest Change]

Park at the Lake George parking lot and start hiking on the Crystal Lake Trail. After about 20 mins a sign to Crystal Lake is seen. Hang a left at the sign and follow the trail down to the lake. Follow the trail around the lake and after about 100 yards, take the climbers trail on the left. Follow this until you reach the base of the cliff. The approach takes about 45 minutes.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Crystal Crag

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c
 8
South Ridge
Trad, Alpine
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 124
North ArĂȘte
Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 19
Aretes of Crystal Crag direct
Trad, Alpine
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Mod. Snow
 4
East Face, Central Gully
Trad, Snow, Alpine 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 33
North Arete (dihedral variation)
Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 25
Macallan
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 16
Cragganmore
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 25
Springbank
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 12
Lagavullin
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 4
Tumbler
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
South Ridge alpine / multi-pitch
 8
Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c Trad, Alpine
North ArĂȘte N Arete
 124
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
Aretes of Crystal Crag direct alpine / multi-pitch
 19
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, Alpine
East Face, Central Gully alpine / multi-pitch
 4
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Mod. Snow Trad, Snow, Alpine 3 pitches
North Arete (dihedral varia… N Arete
 33
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
Macallan Highlands Wall
 25
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Cragganmore Highlands Wall
 16
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Springbank Highlands Wall
 25
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Lagavullin Highlands Wall
 12
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Tumbler Highlands Wall
 4
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
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Euan Cameron
Mammoth Lakes
Euan Cameron   Mammoth Lakes  
It was a really cold spring this year which means there is still a lot of snow around. Jul 7, 2010
rex parker
las vegas n.v
rex parker   las vegas n.v
their is a lot of different routes up to the summit on the north arete including a 5-8 variation and a 5-9 clevenger variation. these are much better routes then the 5-6 regular north arete I highly recommend these. better rock and more fun to be had. Sep 15, 2011
MisterE Wolfe
Bishop, CA
MisterE Wolfe   Bishop, CA
LOOSE ROCK WARNING: If you are planning on climbing at Highland Wall while parties are on the super-popular North Face Route, it is advisable to bring a helmet and stay close to the wall when belaying. We had 3 incidents of rock-fall from high above yesterday, barely missing me, and a small rock actually hit my wife on the head.

Additionally, because of the wind, ledges and multiple parties, we are going to bring walkie talkies (and start early) for the North Face climb. Jul 6, 2016

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