> H: Southern Mountains
Lost Hunters Cliff is located on Sherman Mountain, accessed using the same trail as McMartin
and Lost T
. The Main Cliff is west-facing, steep and sheer with a couple crack lines and face climbs in between. Left of this is a broad gully (used to access the top), and left of this is the southwest-facing Mountain Bruin Wall with a couple of prominent aretes. Further left about 300' is the southwest-facing Corkscrew Buttress.
The Main Face is a real gem, with some of the best-of-class climbs, including Elusive Trophy
(one of the best 5.13s in the park), and the trad testpiece Inner Sanctum. Newer climbs include Just Another Pretty Face
and Life of Try
. The two main cracks are Father Knows Best
and Lost Hunters Crack. Lost Hunters Cliff
The Main Face can be compared to the Spider's Web in terms of sheerness and slightly-more-than-vertical angle. Like the Web, there are some cracks; unlike the web, there are some stellar, pure face climbs. Another good comparison is Chatiemac Cliff
, another cliff with a concentration of difficult, high-quality routes.
Park as for Lost T
, and hike the trail past Chub Lake as you would for Lost T
. From Gary's PDF guide for Lost T
Just after crossing a stream, there is a fork in the trail: right leads to Lost T, and left leads to McMartin and Lost Hunters. Go left and follow this up and down to reach the beaver ponds. Cross two streams in succession (the outlets from the beaver ponds). After the second stream, there is another fork: straigh to McMartin, right to Lost Hunters. Go right parallel to the beaver ponds to their far end. Here, swing uphill and follow a drainage uphill. When the angle eases, cross the stream, then continue uphill to where you see some cliffs on the right. After the last cliff, go sharp right through a notch (fixed static cord) to a wooded plateau above these small cliffs. The Main Cliff looms directly in front of you. Awesome!