Elevation: 3,300 ft
GPS: 35.972, -117.911 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Benjamin Chapman on Dec 23, 2014 with 1 Suggestions
Admins: Aron Quiter, Euan Cameron, AWinters, M Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
Access Issue: Inyo National Forest Closed Details

Description

Fossil Falls is a unique geological feature off US Hwy 395 between Ridgecrest and Lone Pine, CA. Fossil Falls is a scenic area managed by the Bureau of Land Management and a worthwhile stop, if time permits, along the way to Bishop, the Eastern Sierra, Tuolomne Meadows, or other destination areas.
Fossil Falls offers bouldering, toproping, and traditional climbing on 50+ documented routes up to 100 ft in length. The rock is volcanic basalt, that contains cracks and pocketed faces, made incredibly smooth and polished by the meltwater flows of prehistoric glaciers and the Owen's River. Cracks of all sizes and roofs, bulges, and overhangs in the polished basalt. Fossil Falls consists of five distinct areas; the Upper Area (east side & west side), the Lower Area (west side & east side), and Scott's Bluff (WHICH IS CURRENTLY CLOSED TO CLIMBING DUE TO PRIVATE PROPERTY).

Getting There

From US Hwy 395 north, exit on Cinder Road, 3 miles north of Little Lake and 5 miles south of Coso Junction. Drive east on Cinder Road for 1/2 mile to a road on the right marked "Fossil Falls." A short 5-6 minute walk to the east and then south, from the south end of the parking area, leads to the rim of Fossil Falls.

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