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Elevation: 7,000 ft
GPS: 37.57264, -118.61131
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Shared By: Euan Cameron on Nov 18, 2007
Admins: Aron Quiter, Euan Cameron, Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer Ski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

Description Suggest change

The Catacombs is a really cool place to visit. Not only does it have fine bouldering, but it is worth the trip simply to wander amongst the rock formations.

The area is perched above the Owens River Gorge. Close to the gorge there are many rock towers, that you can explore from either the top or the bottom. At the bottom you find yourself in a maze like structure, often crawling on hands and knees to make progress.

Working back from the gorge edge the towers get smaller and more spaced apart - perfect for bouldering.

The rock is good pocketed tuff, and almost all the landings are on perfect flat pumice.

Come for a day, come for an hour, it doesn't matter, it is worth the trek out here.

Getting There Suggest change

On reaching Tom's Place on the 395 take the East turn and drive passed a few houses. After about 4 miles on this road you'll reach Crowley Lake Dam. Cross over the Dam and turning right head up the road (take care as the road narrows). Once at the top of the hill the road turns to dust. After 1.3 miles take the obvious right turn onto the 4S03. Follow this road for just over 3 miles, until you come to a steeper section of road with a switchback.

Continue on past the switchback for another 1/2 mile then take a right turn. Shortly after turning you'll see left faint left fork - stay right. Just keep staying right all the way to the Catacombs parking lot.

The view across the Owens River Gorge, the Wheeler Crest in the background.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Catacombs

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0- 4-
 6
In Thick of the Woods
Boulder
V0 4
 10
Cossaboom Bang Bang
Boulder
V0 4
 7
Problem A
Boulder
V1 5
 42
The Church of the Lost and Found…
Boulder
V1 5 PG13
 5
Pocket Wall
Boulder
V1 5 PG13
 6
Ride the Very Thought to the Ground
Boulder
V1+ 5
 7
Problem 4
Boulder
V1+ 5
 9
The Sniper
Boulder
V2 5+ R
 11
Gigantor
Boulder
V2+ 5+
 10
Amazing Cragging Cuisine
Boulder
V3 6A
 6
A Deal With The Devil
Boulder
V3 6A
 37
The Church of the Lost and Found…
Boulder
V4- 6B
 12
Todd's New Standard
Boulder
V5 6C
 10
Looks Like We're One Horse Shy P…
Boulder
V8-9 7B+
 9
I am a Beautiful Man
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
In Thick of the Woods Church of the Lost &…
 6
V0- 4- Boulder
Cossaboom Bang Bang Church of the Lost &…
 10
V0 4 Boulder
Problem A Mouse Boulder
 7
V0 4 Boulder
The Church of the Lost and… Church of the Lost &…
 42
V1 5 Boulder
Pocket Wall Church of the Lost &…
 5
V1 5 PG13 Boulder
Ride the Very Thought to th… Church of the Lost &…
 6
V1 5 PG13 Boulder
Problem 4 Weekend Retreat
 7
V1+ 5 Boulder
The Sniper Beautiful Man Boulder
 9
V1+ 5 Boulder
Gigantor Gigantor Boulder
 11
V2 5+ R Boulder
Amazing Cragging Cuisine Church of the Lost &…
 10
V2+ 5+ Boulder
A Deal With The Devil Devil Boulder
 6
V3 6A Boulder
The Church of the Lost and… Church of the Lost &…
 37
V3 6A Boulder
Todd's New Standard W End Boulders
 12
V4- 6B Boulder
Looks Like We're One Horse… Devil Boulder
 10
V5 6C Boulder
I am a Beautiful Man Beautiful Man Boulder
 9
V8-9 7B+ Boulder
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