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A Good Ribbing S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Black Track S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Finger Locking Good T,S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Lucy, I'm Home T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
My Mutt Is Smarter Than Your Honor Student T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
New Model (No. 15) T,S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Plum Line S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Sierra Slam T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Uncontrolled Burn T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
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Beautiful and quiet alpine wall above McLeod Lake in Mammoth. Mammoth Crest is easily seen from numerous places on the drive into Mammoth Lakes and from various vantages around Lake Mary and Horseshoe Lake.

Consider getting Marty Lewis and John Moynier's great Mammoth Area Rock climbing guidebook for the area.

Getting There

From the town of Mammoth Lakes, head up Hwy. 203 towards Lake Mary. Follow the road (continuing past the turnoff for Lake Mary) until the end of the road is reached at Horseshoe Lake (very large parking area).

From the parking area, take the Mammoth Pass Trail up to McLeod Lake. When you arrive at McLeod Lake, hike around the left side (clockwise) until you reach a small stream inlet on the far side of the lake.

The inlet is in an open'ish meadow and you can see a large talus slide that makes it almost all the way down to the lake (there is a small snow field at the top of the talus in my overview photo). On the right side of this talus is a strip of trees that heads up towards the crest. Follow a use trail up through the trees until you reach the final talus/snow field below the crest proper. From this point, hike to the various routes to either the left or right.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Mammoth Crest

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Finger Locking Good
Trad, Sport, Alpine 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Black Track
Sport, Alpine 3 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Sierra Slam
Trad, Alpine
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Plum Line
Sport, Alpine
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Finger Locking Good 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Sport, Alpine 2 pitches
Black Track 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, Alpine 3 pitches
Sierra Slam 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Alpine
Plum Line 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, Alpine
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Scott Sinner
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Scott Sinner   Mammoth Lakes, CA
For more routes that aren't in the book or listed here, check out the binder of newer routes in Mammoth Mountaineering. There are some good routes (5.10-11 range) in the sector 2 area that deserve some more traffic. Aug 8, 2013

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