Uptown Rock Climbing
|GPS:||37.368, -118.688 Google Map · Climbing Map|
|Shared By:||old5ten on Feb 2, 2015|
|Admins:||Aron Quiter, Euan Cameron, AWinters, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes|
DescriptionUptown Rock is a large rock formation toward the upper end of Pine Creek Canyon. It is characterized by a beautiful, overhanging SW face and a slabby East face that is broken into several tiers. The rock is a bit more polished and featured (reminiscent of Tuolumne) than what is found in areas like PSOM and the climbing is excellent. The area was originally climbed in the 90's, but only partially developed and then abandoned. Recently a few high quality, moderate lines have been added (see Uptown Rock - Upper Tier).
Getting ThereDrive to the end of Pine Creek Canyon and park at the Pine Creek Pass trailhead parking lot. Walk up the road past the bright yellow gate (Morgan Pass) for about 1/3mi, then go right at a prominent bush and 5' metal pipe sticking out of the ground (this is before the first prominent left hand switchback). Follow an old dirt road, which turns into a narrow path and leads down toward the upper tailing pond (large flat area) and a tree. Head across the tailing pond toward the large, shark fin silhouetted rock with some orange coloring. At the base lies a large boulder, look for cairns that lead up the hill/talus at this point. The new routes are on the upper, SE facing slabs. The approach is just shy of one mile and takes about 15-20 minutes (maybe a bit longer if you're unfamiliar with the approach or carrying a heavy pack).
There are several approach alternatives:
1.) Park at the Crack of Noon/Three Hour Buttress parking area and walk the trail up canyon. Longer, more uphill.
2.) Cross the creek at the level of Uptown Rock (roughly the transition between the upper and middle tailing ponds) - shortest, but there's currently no bridge.
3.) Park at the Pine Creek Pass trailhead parking area, walk toward the yellow gate (Morgan Pass), but cut down and right on a dirt road just before the gate. Work back up out of the trough (serious bog when it's wet) on the other side to the top of the upper tailing pond.
Classic Climbing Routes at Uptown Rock
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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