Elevation: 8,817 ft
GPS: 42.71327, -108.8475
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Shared By: Tom Rangitsch on Oct 1, 2011
Admins: Mike Snyder, Taylor Spiegelberg, Jake Dickerson

Description

Once a respite from the crowds at Sinks, Fossil Hill is now a crowded cliff with a parking lot full of sprinter vans.  The cliff combines Wild Iris style buttress climbing on wind exposed faces, but it's 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. The rock quality is some of the best in the area.  There are about 60 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). Grades range from 5.8 to 5.14c.

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), Hang Fire (5.12a), Valkerie (5.12d), The Righteous and The Wicked (5.13a), and When the Cubans Hit the Floor (5.14a).

Beware of rattle snakes at the cliff and on the trail.  They are particularly sneaky here as many of them don't rattle as a warning.

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.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 33
The Motivator
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 72
Two Ducks and an Angel
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 34
A Bullet for Mr. Ducky
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 79
Merely Mortal
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 33
Transitions
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 100
Casual Entertainment
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 37
Fossil Logic
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 21
Channel Zero
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 92
Hang Fire
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 24
Big in Japan
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 21
Space Needle
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 26
Hips Like Cinderella
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 15
The Righteous and The Wicked
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 21
Valkyrie
Sport
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
 4
Asian Orange
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Motivator 2. Fossil Hill Central
 33
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Two Ducks and an Angel 2. Fossil Hill Central
 72
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
A Bullet for Mr. Ducky 3. Fossil Hill East
 34
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Merely Mortal 2. Fossil Hill Central
 79
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Transitions 2. Fossil Hill Central
 33
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Casual Entertainment 2. Fossil Hill Central
 100
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Fossil Logic 1. Fossil Hill West
 37
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Channel Zero 1. Fossil Hill West
 21
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Hang Fire 2. Fossil Hill Central
 92
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Big in Japan 3. Fossil Hill East
 24
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Space Needle 2. Fossil Hill Central
 21
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Hips Like Cinderella 2. Fossil Hill Central
 26
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
The Righteous and The Wicked 3. Fossil Hill East
 15
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Valkyrie 3. Fossil Hill East
 21
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Asian Orange 3. Fossil Hill East
 4
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport
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