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Areas in Crystal Basin

Ice House Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Loon Lake 2 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Mushroom Boulder 0 / 0 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Slick Rock Dome 15 / 18 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 35
Wrights Lake 10 / 3 / 8 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 15

Description

It looks like we've got enough areas written up here to add this Crystal Basin page. Bob Branscomb of Placerville was one of the climbers that developed routes all over this region, and published some in his "Climbing Guide to the Crystal Basin."

Getting There

A nice wild area spotted with a few public settlements and resorts. Despite its proximity to other more-climbed areas, its extra driving and hiking time on slow roads makes it less popular to climbers as a whole than freeway adjacent crags. Most visitors drive in on Ice House or Wrights Lake Road from highway 50.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Crystal Basin

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 4
Crystalite
Sport
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 3
Mom's Rx
Sport
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 3
Central Pillar of Easy
Trad 4 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
 4
Friction Affliction
Trad 3 pitches
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 6
Independence Wall
Sport 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
 4
Crystal Chute
Trad 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 3
Flight of the Centurion
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
 3
Crystal Wall Route
Sport 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 5
Ice House Roof
Sport 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 5
Slick Slice of Slab
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R
 16
The Prow
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 5
Slick Rock Slab
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
 3
More Affliction
Trad 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 5
Crystal Crescent
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 21
Velvet Gloves
Trad, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Crystalite Slick Rock Dome > Slick Rock Slab
 4
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Mom's Rx Slick Rock Dome > Slick Rock Slab
 3
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Central Pillar of Easy Slick Rock Dome > Crystal Wall Area
 3
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 4 pitches
Friction Affliction Slick Rock Dome > Crystal Wall Area
 4
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13 Trad 3 pitches
Independence Wall Slick Rock Dome > Crystal Wall Area
 6
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport 2 pitches
Crystal Chute Slick Rock Dome > Crystal Wall Area
 4
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13 Trad 3 pitches
Flight of the Centurion Slick Rock Dome > Nap Wall Area
 3
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Crystal Wall Route Slick Rock Dome > Crystal Wall Area
 3
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Sport 2 pitches
Ice House Roof Slick Rock Dome > Crystal Wall Area
 5
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport 3 pitches
Slick Slice of Slab Slick Rock Dome > Slick Rock Slab
 5
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
The Prow Wrights Lake > Main Wall
 16
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R Trad, TR
Slick Rock Slab Slick Rock Dome > Slick Rock Slab
 5
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
More Affliction Slick Rock Dome > Crystal Wall Area
 3
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13 Trad 3 pitches
Crystal Crescent Slick Rock Dome > Nap Wall Area
 5
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Velvet Gloves Wrights Lake > Black Beauty Wall
 21
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR
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