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> 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.
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.