Elevation: 9,028 ft
GPS: 37.603, -119.011 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Euan Cameron on Aug 25, 2020
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Description

The Lake George Recreation Area trailhead gives access to some of the best climbing in the Lakes Basin. Dike Wall and Horseshoe Piles have a great collection of single pitch sport climbs in the 5.8-5.12 range while Crystal Crag has climbs ranging from short sport routes to multi-pitch alpine excursions. In addition there are a number of newer sport areas that will keep you busy for some time.

All the climbs share quality granite with amazing views looking down on to the various lakes in the basin. The crags are easily accessed with approaches ranging from 20-50 minutes. Many of the crags have a northern aspect making them refreshing on hot summer days, but there are a few walls that face east for the cooler autumnal days.

Note, this area is popular in the summer and hence an early, or late, start is required if you want to find parking at the trailhead. If the parking area is full there are normally options along the side of the approaching road.

Getting There

From the town of Mammoth Lakes head south west along Lake Mary Road. As the road winds up into the lakes basin look for a left turn at Pokonobe Marina. Follow this left turn through a campground and over a bridge. After crossing the bridge take a right and continue to the trailhead parking.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Lake George

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 192
North ArĂȘte
Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 30
Aretes of Crystal Crag direct
Trad, Alpine
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 79
North Arete (Left Start Variation)
Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 45
Macallan
Sport, Alpine
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 144
Cromagnon
Sport, Alpine
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 47
Springbank
Sport, Alpine
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 57
Black Dihedral
Trad, Alpine
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 34
Reallyfivenineplus
Sport, Alpine
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 44
Double Ender
Sport, Alpine
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 82
Black Lassie
Sport, Alpine
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 30
Lagavulin
Sport, Alpine
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 38
D.D.D.
Sport, Alpine
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 56
Black Leather
Sport, Alpine
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 40
Antibro
Sport, Alpine
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 22
Strap-On Tools
Sport, Alpine
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
North ArĂȘte Crystal Crag > N Arete
 192
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
Aretes of Crystal Crag direct Crystal Crag > alpine / multi-pitch
 30
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, Alpine
North Arete (Left Start Var… Crystal Crag > N Arete
 79
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
Macallan Crystal Crag > Highlands Wall
 45
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, Alpine
Cromagnon Dike Wall > E Face
 144
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, Alpine
Springbank Crystal Crag > Highlands Wall
 47
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, Alpine
Black Dihedral Dike Wall > E Face
 57
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Alpine
Reallyfivenineplus Horseshoe Piles > Spring Wall
 34
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, Alpine
Double Ender Dike Wall > N Face
 44
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, Alpine
Black Lassie Dike Wall > E Face
 82
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, Alpine
Lagavulin Crystal Crag > Highlands Wall
 30
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, Alpine
D.D.D. Horseshoe Piles > Spring Wall
 38
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, Alpine
Black Leather Dike Wall > N Face
 56
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, Alpine
Antibro Dike Wall > E Face
 40
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, Alpine
Strap-On Tools Dike Wall > N Face
 22
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, Alpine
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