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Elevation: 2,217 ft 676 m
GPS: 34.12544, -118.92721
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The Upper Tier is the broad series of multi-faceted buttresses and faces adjacent to the vegetated terrace above and north of the Grotto. The Upper Tier sits just below the north rim of Carlisle Canyon and in the shadow of Balanced Rock. The climbs are short, but away from the crowds and occasional gym-like scene in the Grotto or the Left Flank/Java Wall. A great flat rocky base and views of the approach gully and Carlisle Canyon. Be on your best form as hikers often stop to watch the action when they spot climbers on the Upper Tier.

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It is possible to reach the Upper Tier by scrambling up the loose, vegetated gully left of the base of the arete of "Bushed Coyote," near the Java Wall (short, but rather unpleasant). A better approach is to scramble upstream and west over the huge boulders from the Grotto. Once beyond the boulders follow a trail up and right to the west end of the cliff band. Follow the trail right (east) to the base of The Upper Tier. Alternately, the Upper Tier can be reached by hiking the Mishe Mokwa Trail past Split Rock. At a sharp left turn in the trail follow the signed trail toward Balanced Rock and scramble down a rocky wash to the west end of the Upper Tier.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Upper Tier

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5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
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Welcome to Echo
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
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Reverb
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
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The Barkley
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5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
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Sasha
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5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Welcome to Echo
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Reverb
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
The Barkley
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Sasha
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5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
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