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Routes in Five Fingers

Aquila Peak, Northeast Face T 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b
Traverse of the Fingers T Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c
Elevation: 5,000 ft
GPS: 35.689, -117.909 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: outdooreric on Jan 11, 2013
Admins: Aron Quiter, Euan Cameron, AWinters, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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Description

Popular with the Sierra Club and other peak baggers, the Five Fingers area consists of an interesting series of 100-250 foot granite spires which terminate at Aquila Peak. If one were to follow this ridge beyond the summit, it would join Owen's Ridge and eventually Owen's Peak. The fingers are numbered from East to West and two routes to the summit are popular. Either traverse the fingers to the summit or take a sandy slog following an intermittent trail below and around the lesser fingers also to gain the summit. As far as rock quality, there is a lot of bad with the good, so good route finding and judgement are essential tools for any adventure in this largely ignored area.

As mentioned in the out-of-print Domelands, there are many route possibilities on most of the fingers that may exist or are yet to be developed. Hopefully this post will bring about some clarity for what is done or needs to be done.

Getting There

Turn into Indian Wells Canyon off of Highway 14 and after a couple miles turn right onto SE 182, a steep sandy 4wd road that ends a couple hundred yards from the bottom of the lowest formation. If you have only 2wd, the road can be hiked, but it is quite a bit longer to do so.

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