Elevation: 11,138 ft
GPS: 37.341, -118.707 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Richard Shore on Feb 1, 2018
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Description

The Central Tower of Pine, aka "The Shimmering Buttress", is the prominent granite buttress that can be seen from the majority of Pine Creek Road, high up to the south in the Tungstar Bowl. The Tower is really just a bump on the sinuous north ridge of unnamed Peak 12,388', a mountain which holds little interest to the modern climber. Peak 12,388' has been climbed via loose class 2 talus slopes. While the Tower of Pine appears attractive and "shimmery" from a distance, the rock quality is rather poor and highly fractured/shattered. Two known routes exists on the buttress - Up the Creek (III 5.10? R by Ketron & Melkonian ca.2000), and the North Couloir (III AI2 M4 1,200')

Getting There

From the Pine Creek Pass trailhead, follow the trail and switchbacks until reaching the wall at the Brownstone Mine. Head south, cross-country, up into the Tungstar Bowl. Allow 3 hours for the rough approach.

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