Elevation: 9,214 ft
GPS: 36.582, -118.567 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: fossana on Jul 16, 2013
Admins: M Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
Access Issue: Always check SEKI road conditions and peregrine closures Details

Description

I first learned about the area from an AAJ writeup by Brandon Thau detailing several new lines on the Prism and the intriguing Saber Ridge. Guarded by a lengthy approach, it's unlikely you'll encounter a soul once you leave the High Sierra Trail. I found the rock quality to be surprisingly good for a rarely climbed backcountry area.

Amenities
  • Number of water sources along the way even in July of a drought year.
  • Established campsites along the HST have bear boxes.
  • Bearpaw Meadows hosts a ranger station and High Sierra camp.

Red Tape
  • Backcountry permits are required for overnight travel.
  • As of July 2013 trailhead access by shuttle only late May to early Sep from 9am to 6pm. Check the NPS site for the latest update.
  • Bear restrictions in place. Please use the bear boxes.

Getting There

From the Crescent Meadows trailhead take the long, mostly flat western terminus of the High Sierra Trail to Bearpaw Meadow (11.3 miles). Leave the HST and take the left signed dusty uphill trail toward Elizabeth Pass and Tamarack Lake (2.2 miles). The trail is overgrown, but for your trouble you'll be rewarded with spectacular views of Valhalla. Head north on a short connector toward Elizabeth Pass/Tamarack Lake. At the Elizabeth Pass split continue on toward Tamarack Lake to the destination of your choice. ~15 miles to the area

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Classic Climbing Routes at Tamarack Lake Area

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 15
Saber Ridge traverse, south to n…
Trad, Alpine 20 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 3
Stonehenge
Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 3
Prism Time
Trad, Alpine 11 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Saber Ridge traverse, south… Saber Ridge
 15
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine 20 pitches
Stonehenge Shield
 3
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
Prism Time Prism
 3
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 11 pitches
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