Elevation: 8,950 ft
GPS: 42.714, -108.848 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Tom Rangitsch on Oct 1, 2011
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Description

Kind of a hybrid crag, combining Wild Iris style buttress climbing on wind exposed faces, but more like the Sinks Canyon main wall in terms of height. There are more crimps here than at the Iris, and more pockets than at Sinks, but the rock is better quality dolomite than Sinks. There are about 40 routes here, described in Steve Bechtel's excellent guide.

The climbs are mostly vertical with steep bulges at the top and have between 8 and 12 bolts, for the most part (although some have up to 19 bolts). I do not think a 60 meter rope is required for anything here. Grades range from 5.10 to 5.14a.

The area is about 1000 feet higher than Sinks and is more west facing. Good in the fall and late summer evenings, but it can get hot in the middle of the day.

Classics include Casual Entertainment (5.11c), Channel Zero (5.11d/12a), Hang Fire (5.12a), Hips Like Cinderella (5.12c), The Righteous and The Wicked (5.13a), Tremors (5.13b), and When the Cubans Hit the Floor (5.14a).

Getting There

Drive all the way up Sinks Canyon, past Bruce's Camp. Continue on the paved road up the switch backs. The road is closed here from the late fall until around Memorial Day, effectively prohibiting access unless you have a snow machine or want to ski 4 or 5 miles up the road.

Just after the switch backs, look for a dirt parking lot on the left of the road with a pit toilet. Park here. The main part of the wall is not quite visible from the parking lot. You will see a really steep two track that leads straight up to the cliff. Do not take this trail. Rather, find a single track that goes up and right, passing a fence at about 200 yards. This will eventually deposit you at the main wall, near Casual Entertainment.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Fossil Hill

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 7
Feel the Bern
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 11
The Motivator
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 4
Happy Feat
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 11
A Bullet for Mr. Ducky
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 40
Casual Entertainment
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 11
Fossil Logic
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 7
No Seat in Hell
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 8
Transitions
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 12
Channel Zero
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 39
Hang Fire
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 5
Big in Japan
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 9
Space Needle
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 9
Tender Prey
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 5
The Righteous and The Wicked
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 4
Valkyrie
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Feel the Bern
 7
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
The Motivator
 11
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Happy Feat
 4
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
A Bullet for Mr. Ducky
 11
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Casual Entertainment
 40
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Fossil Logic
 11
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
No Seat in Hell
 7
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Transitions
 8
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Channel Zero
 12
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Hang Fire
 39
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Big in Japan
 5
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Space Needle
 9
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Tender Prey
 9
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
The Righteous and The Wicked
 5
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Valkyrie
 4
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
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