alpine / multi-pitch Rock Climbing
|GPS:||37.591, -119.014 Google Map · Climbing Area Map|
|Page Views:||21,589 total · 247/month|
|Shared By:||kenr on Aug 26, 2013|
|Admins:||Aron Quiter, Euan Cameron, AWinters, M Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes|
- South Ridge (low class 5 or class 4).
- West Face central (mostly class 3 with perhaps some class 4 sections) -- at least two lines up to the summit arete between the South summit and Middle summit.
- North edge of West face to N arete (5.6) - (also known as "North Arete") - see Description1
. . . Description2 . . .
. . Popular (even with significant loose rock, and though most of the upward climbing is not on an arete)
. . because it goes through a unique short section of bright-white crystal, and then
. . optionally finishes with two or three hundred feet on the actual summit arete.
. . (2013 SuperTopo guidebook by Chris McNamara shows a "north face" variation which starts a bit farther west off the N ridge).
- Aretes of Crystal Crag direct -- Combines the best of the South ridge and best of the North ridge, after reaching the arete by 250 ft of climbing on the more-sound-rock sector of the West face.
- "Northeast Buttress" (5.8) in the 2009 guidebook The High Sierra by R.J.Secor. Said to start at an obvious dihedral.
. . . (? presumably these are different names for the same route ?)
- East face other routes (class 4, 5.8, 5.9) in the 2009 guidebook The High Sierra by R.J.Secor.
Trailhead is the parking by the N side of Lake George (GPS latitude/longitude approximately N37.6035 W119.0111) (altitude approx 9050ft/2760m) - (Bearbox for day-hiker food storage).
driving: From route 395 exit for Mammoth Lakes, go W on rt 203 about 3.7 miles through the town of Mammoth Lakes (coffee/bakery on both sides of street) to the stop-light at the intersection of Main St and Lake Mary Rd - (rt 203 goes right here, but instead) - continue Straight on Lake Mary Rd uphill about 3.9 miles ... SW then S then curve to going NW. See the sign for Pokenobe Marina on left side of road. Immediately after that turn L and go SW 0.35 mile to a T-intersection. Turn R and go 0.3 mile up steep curvy road to parking circle.
bike: Like driving, but need strong leg muscles and lungs to overcome the vertical difference of +925 ft / 280 meters on the long steady "grind" from the town up to the Pokonobe marina turn-off, then steep (plan on walking your bike up this) additional vertical gain of +100 ft / 30 meters to the trailhead.
bus: In the appropriate season, a shuttle bus could take you (and your bike) as far as the Pokonobe marina turn-off by Lake Mary. Then muscle power can take you 0.65 mile with vertical gain of +100 ft / 30 meters to the trailhead (which increases the approach work+time by about 10%).
hiking: From the North side of the parking circle by the N side of Lake George, start up the Crystal Lake trail, at first NW about 0.15Mile/240meter, then generally SW about 0.75Mi/1200m uphill with many switchbacks (and some great views over Lake George). Reach a junction with the Mammoth Crest trail, pass by that and continue Left (SE then S) toward Crystal Lake, at first gently up for about 200ft/60m (to about altitude 9700ft/2960m), then down about 0.2Mi/350m to the outlet creek from Crystal Lake. Cross the creek to go around E side of Crystal Lake. After a short ways an unofficial climber's trail breaks off Left (E) to access routes on the W or NW or N or E sides (including the Sport sectors). To reach the South ridge or nearby, first go S to a flat clearing near the SE corner Crystal Lake, then cross-country SSE on a rising traverse.
statistics: Hiking on a maintained trail for about 1.5 miles / 2.5 km distance, with vertical gain of +650 ft / 200 meters -- plus another +110 ft / 35 meters vertical gain on return.
Classic Climbing Routes at alpine / multi-pitch
Days w Precip