Elevation: 12,721 ft
GPS: 37.418, -118.698 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Richard Shore on Jun 17, 2019
Admins: Chris Owen, Lurker, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

Description

Wheeler Peak is the unofficial name for the 13,020' highpoint of the ~8 mile long Wheeler Ridge. When viewed from Bishop, it is but an insignificant bump on a huge mountain escarpment, but when viewed from the vicinity of Rock Creek Rd/Rock Creek Lake it is a striking and complex peak with many prominent aretes and a deep couloir. The summit is accessible via class-2 scrambles along the ridgeline from either side. The north peak is the true summit, but some maps show the south peak a touch higher. No real summit register - just an exposed scrap of paper flapping in the wind..  BYOP&P

Technical routes include the Northwest Arete (III 5.8), the Northwest Couloir (III 5.4 AI2), the North Arete (III Class 5), and the Wishbone Arete (III Class 5). A common descent is made down the Northeast Slope/Couloir, which is approximately 1/3 mile northeast along the ridge from the summit. This slope also makes for a moderate wintertime ski descent.

Getting There

From rock creek lake, follow the Tamarack Lakes trail for ~3.5 miles, passing the turnoffs for both Francis Lake and Dorothy Lake. A short bit of cross country through talus or snow leads to the base. Allow 2 or more hours for the approach.

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