Elevation: 10,380 ft
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Nearly equal in beauty to the neighboring Cathedral Peak, Eichorn's Pinnacle offers one of Tuolumne's most spectacular summits. It is named after Jules Eichorn (1912 - 2000), an avid mountaineer and Sierra Club leader, who first summited via the North Face in 1931. More about Jules Eichorn can be found here.

The North Face affords an easy way to tag the summit after climbing Cathedral's Southeast Buttress.

Getting There

From the Cathedral Lakes trailhead, follow the main (John Muir) trail for approximately 3 miles.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Eichorn Pinnacle

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
North Face
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
West Pillar
Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
West Pillar Direct
Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
North Face
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
West Pillar
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
West Pillar Direct
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
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Just want to add a little bit to approach/descend. Approach via Cathedral Lakes trail for about three miles. Once the Eichorn Pinnacle comes to view, and trail starts descending, I believe it's quicker to cut left there through trees and boulders. There is no path but we found it to be a bit quicker as we were not loosing elevation.

First time we climbed it, we descended the trail and took left at the split (there is a sign) and once we were directly in front of the Pinnacle we took sharp left and ascended steep terrain to the base of the climb (we didn't find any solid climber's path to the base). It seemed to us a bit harder and longer this way.

Allow about 1.5 hours for approach to the base of the climb.

There are two ways to descend after one 70 ft rappel.

1. Via third class slabs that go (climber's) left of the Pinnacle. This descent will bring you back to the Cathedral Lakes trail. If you left your stuff at the base of the climb, it makes sense to come down this way. We haven't done this descent but from above looks harder.

2. Hike up to the notch between Cathedral Peak and the ridge line. Descent goes on the other side of the Cathedral Peak. It is an easy scramble down/descent via Mountaineer's route. It is well marked. The path will take you to Budd stream. Don't cross the stream. Just follow climber's path that will ultimately join Cathedral Lake trail. From this intersection is about half a mile back to the car. Aug 28, 2017
Brianna Chrisman
Brianna Chrisman   Stanford
To add to LUBICA's descent comment: We did option 1 (since we left our stuff at the bottom of the climb). Rapped down and then scrambled/walked down the slabs/gully climbers left of eichorn's pinnacle. Took us 15-20 minutes on 2nd/3d class (did it in tennis shoes) to get to the base of the climb where we had stashed my pack (and then we just came back the same trail we had done the approach on). Easy and nice not to have to carry the 40L pack up the offwidth. Aug 28, 2017