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Parcher's Bluff

California > Sierra Eastside > Bishop Area


Parcher's Bluff is a Southwest facing cliff at 9200'. Nestled among quaking aspen, lupines and wild rose, it is a nice late summer & fall spot - cool in the mornings and often comfortable even in the sun.

Flowers along South Fork of Bishop Creek.

The climbing is mixed and sport on granite, sometimes requiring longer slings to "tie-off" xenoliths for protection. The routes are generally shorter - 40-60 feet - but with enjoyable moves on good rock in a verdant setting. The approach is maybe 10 minutes along an old road and established trail, making for a fun, low-commitment outing.

On the mixed routes, the protection may be difficult to see, but wherever there isn't bomber gear, you will find a bolt - and anchors are installed on all routes listed.

There are a few top-rope/lead? old hard-man routes on the left side - sourced here:

Scramble to the top of the formation from the right side and work your way down to set these up. No fixed anchors.

Getting There

From the 395/Line Street junction, continue west on East Line Street, and continue as it turns into Highway 168. From the junction to the South Lake road is 15 miles.
Turn South on South Lake Road, and continue 5.7 miles to Parcher's Resort. Check for traffic and pull a U-turn. Go back downhill about 100 yards to a small gravel turn-out across from the Resort. Park and hike downhill until you see a large fallen log in the creek. Cross the log, and follow the old road North.
Alternately (if you are not comfortable with the log crossing), you can park further up and use the entrance to Parcher's Resort. Follow the road down to an obvious fork. Left will get you to the old road and right will take you to Rainbow Pack Outfitters.

About 400 yards down, just where the pavement ends and turns to dirt, look for a break in the dirt hill-side. Follow a trail up & left to the base of the climbs.

Trail cut-off at the end of the pavement.

The scramble up to the trail - note stacked boulders.

Routes from Left to Right

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Fall colors at Parchers Resort.
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Parcher's Bluff Overview
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Fall colors on the hike out.
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First ascent of "Horatio Hornslinger"
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[Hide Comment] This is a really fun area and well worth the visit. Go early for shade in hot weather, afternoon sun. Best approach beta: As you're walking down the road and the pavement starts to turn to dirt, you'll walk over a small stream that passes under the road. Shortly you'll come to another stream that flows on top. Step over this, notice some big logs just to the left. Step up on these and find an erosion slot in the embankment just a little left. A quick scramble up these leads to an easy meander through aspens. You'll see the cliff very soon. Some route finding/very minor bushwhack will probably be encountered. It's only a few minutes, so don't let that scare you. Worth the visit! Aug 3, 2018
MisterE Wolfe
Bishop, CA
[Hide Comment] Does anyone have information on the one-bolt climb to ring anchors, right of "Thirstin' Howl" ? Aug 5, 2018