Mt. Barnard East Peak (aka Peak 13,680 +) Rock Climbing
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There is limited cell service from the camp at the lake as well as good cell service from the top of the route and pretty much anywhere you have a clear line of sight of Independence or Lone Pine.
Inyo County SAR is responsible for rescues in this area though it is a difficult to access area. The nearest Medical Facility is Norther Inyo Hospital in Bishop, CA
Once you park your trailhead elevation is ~6350'... and it is a long uphill climb to your camp (a day trip would be burly)
The following approach description uses topographical lines in Meters since that is what the maps for the area use...
(beta complied by Jediah Porter)
Between 1940m (trailhead) and 2015m. Follow pretty good trail (occasionally in creek bed) along north side of creek.
At 2015m. Cross to south side.
Between 2015m and 2150m follow pretty good trail along south side. You will skirt cliffs sometimes from below and above others. Little to no brush. Some duck and dodge.
At 2150m. George creek goes over a waterfall. Progress along south bank is blocked. Cross twice, in quick succession. Or make 5th class climbing moves to stay on south side.
Between 2150 meters and 2220. Stay on south side of creek. Above brush and below cliffs and through trees. The majority of the time you'll be on side-hill gravelly "trail". But you'll never go above a cliff or into truly heinous brush. Don't settle for no sign of traffic for more than a hundred yards or so. There's also sign of a trail on the north. Reports vary. The south side is scouted.
At 2220m. George creek comes up against a cliff on the south side. Sometimes a series of logs allows hikers to skirt the cliff. Other times two crossings, in quick succession, must be made. Or you can scramble along ledges up above the creek.
Between 2220 meters and Carl heller creek (2700m). Stay on south side of creek. Above brush and below cliffs. The majority of the time you'll be on side-hill gravelly "trail". Occasionally you'll follow cairns through talus or walk along logs. But you'll never go above a cliff or into truly heinous brush more than waist high. Don't settle for no sign of traffic for more than a hundred yards or so.
Crossing Carl heller creek. Campsites on either side of crossing. Cross on a mediocre trail in light brush .07 miles upstream of George creek jct.
Between Carl heller lake camp and jct George creek. Stay on slabs, glades, and talus east of creek and associated canyon. Virtually no brushy travel necessary.
Between Carl heller creek and east pillar Barnard creek. Stay on intermittent trail and gladed forest on south side of George creek.
Between Barnard pillar lake camp and jct George creek. Stay on gravel and scree east of creek and associated brush. No brushy travel necessary.
The approach is aproximately 7 Miles and gains almost 6000' From the lake camp the approach is between 60-90 minutes on decent talus and you travel cross-country towards the base of the ridge coming southeast from Shaw Spire. Most of the climbing on the East Pillar is obscured from camp but the top of the route is seen behind Shaw Spire.
Alternatively you can access this tarn from the "whitney zone" and traveling cross country over the russell Carrillion Pass. We linked a trip to this area with a climb of Mt. Carl Heller and Tulainyo Tower and crossed over Vacation Pass and up and over the top of the east pillar prior to descending down talus and sandy slopes to the camp
Classic Climbing Routes at Mt. Barnard East Peak (aka Peak 13,680 +)
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