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Elevation: 7,223 ft 2,202 m
GPS: 37.93984, -119.1362
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Description Suggest change

This area is situated at the northern end of the Sierra Eastside, and is unique in its nature given that it has some of the most easily accessible sport, trad, bouldering, and ice climbing on cliffs that are more often than not empty.

Perhaps climbers are too eager to get to the better known climbs in Tuolumne Meadows, but make no mistake the climbing to be found west from Lee Vining along the Tioga Pass is worth a visit or two.

In recent years quality sport routes have been developed on a number of cliffs along the Tioga Pass road in addition to a few bouldering areas along the valley floor.

In the cooler winter months the convenient ice climbing venues are sometimes busier than the cliffs in the summer as climbers take advantage of the easy access and fun 1 and 2 pitch climbs.

The Third Pillar of Mount Dana can be found under the Dana Plateau section.

Getting There Suggest change

From the US 395 take the CA120 west toward Tioga Pass and Yosemite National Park to reach all the climbing. All the areas are located in a 10 mille stretch West of the 395/120 junction.

229 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Lee Vining Canyon / Tioga Road

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
WI5
 19
Cave Man
Ice 2 pitches
WI4 M6
 6
Heel-Toe, Ramp Start
Mixed, Ice 2 pitches
WI5
 6
Zippo's Frozen Booger
Ice
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 513
Third Pillar, Regular Route
Trad 5 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 50
Makayla's Fantastic Climb
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 45
Proud Arete
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 48
The Speed of Life
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 33
Bag O' Tricks
Trad, Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 7
High Gravity
Trad 6 pitches
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13
 19
Stones Throw
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 25
Eastside Elixir
Sport 2 pitches
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 5
Bite the Bullet
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 28
Master Cylinder
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 33
Silver Bullet
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b PG13
 14
Throwin' the Finger
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Cave Man Lee Vining Ice… > Main Wall
 19
WI5 Ice 2 pitches
Heel-Toe, Ramp Start Lee Vining Ice… > Heel-Toe Wall
 6
WI4 M6 Mixed, Ice 2 pitches
Zippo's Frozen Booger Lee Vining Ice… > Narrows - Left
 6
WI5 Ice
Third Pillar, Regular Route Dana Plateau
 513
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad 5 pitches
Makayla's Fantastic Climb Tioga Cliff Are… > Quaking Aspen Wall
 50
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Proud Arete Tioga Cliff Are… > Gold Wall
 45
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
The Speed of Life Ellery Bowl > Golden Rock
 48
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Bag O' Tricks Tioga Cliff Are… > Tioga Wall
 33
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad, Sport
High Gravity Dana Plateau
 7
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad 6 pitches
Stones Throw Tioga Cliff Are… > Tioga Wall
 19
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13 Trad
Eastside Elixir Tioga Cliff Are… > Gold Wall
 25
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport 2 pitches
Bite the Bullet Tioga Cliff Are… > Tioga Wall
 5
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Master Cylinder Tioga Cliff Are… > Tioga Wall
 28
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Silver Bullet Tioga Cliff Are… > Tioga Wall
 33
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Throwin' the Finger Tioga Cliff Are… > Tioga Wall
 14
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b PG13 Sport
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