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Shared By: Shaun Johnson on Nov 22, 2014 · Updates
Admins: Scott Coldiron, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Z Winters
Access Issue: Seasonal Raptor Closures Details

Description

Discovered by Scott Mitchell. The plateau is just a stone's throw from Clamshell Cave and has a good concentration of not-so-tall easy problems good for beginners/first-time outdoor climbers, plus some moderate highball slabs for the endorphin junkie and a few mind bending harder problems.

Getting There

Two approaches available, depending on which boulders you plan on climbing. To start, park at The Fist boulder 5.2 miles up Icicle Road (just past the Mad Meadows wood sign). Then choose your own adventure:

Main area: Hike straight past The Fist and trend uphill to the left; 20-30 yards before a stream crossing, head uphill on a path to the right through some pines. Another 5-10 minutes later, you'll hit the obvious Whale boulder (stay on main path, don't take any of the little side trails, unless you want to see the view). If you forget to turn right before the stream crossing, you'll end up at Clamshell Cave.

The Switchbacks: At The Fist boulder, take the branch in the path that heads off right. A few minutes later stay left at the fork (sport climbing is off to the right), then skirt around a massive downed log and continue up through an open field to the switchbacks in the trail. Cosmic Debris will be the first problem you encounter, another switchback will be Quasar with Fantastic Planet above it, continue up for a few more and you'll hit the main area.

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