Stonehouse Buttress Rock Climbing
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|Shared By:||Richard Shore on Jun 5, 2017|
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Access Issue: Certain Peaks: Access limited from May to October every year Details
Some of the peaks in this area are restricted (not all). See the Inyo National Forest's Mount Whitney Zone regulations webpagefs.usda.gov/detail/inyo/pas… for current information. Access is usually limited from May to October of every year from the highest elevations of most of the Lone Pine Creek watershed.
The Stonehouse Buttress is the beautiful 1,200' formation found on the north side of the Tuttle Creek drainage, just across canyon from the Ashram. The rock quality ranges from excellent to horrific, and the Secor High Sierra guide states: "Warning: The rock on Stonehouse Buttress is loose!" It is home to 5 known routes: the Jeanne Neale Route (IV 5.8 A2), the Chimney Route (IV 5.8), Rots of Rock (IV 5.9 A2), Cream of the Crop (IV 5.12), and the Milky Way Chimney (IV 5.10+). The summit can be easily reached by a class 2/3 scramble up the back side.
From Whitney Portal Road, turn left on the dirt Olivas Ranch Road and follow it as far as possible up into Tuttle Creek canyon. 4x4 and high-clearance are especially helpful to reach the end of the road. From here, sandy sidehill on game trails lead up the north side of the canyon to the base of the buttress. Allow 1 hour for the approach.
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