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Highlands Wall 1 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11
Kilt Wall 1 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
North Arete 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 2
Schoolboy Buttress 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
alpine / multi-pitch 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 4
Elevation: 10,100 ft
GPS: 37.592, -119.014 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Euan Cameron on Jun 25, 2007
Admins: Aron Quiter, Euan Cameron, AWinters, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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Description

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

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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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
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
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

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