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Elevation: 9,028 ft 2,752 m
GPS: 37.60307, -119.01094
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Description Suggest change

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 Suggest change

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
 246
North ArĂȘte
Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 110
North Arete (Left Start Variation)
Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 62
Springbank
Sport, Alpine
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 182
Cromagnon
Sport, Alpine
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 68
Black Dihedral
Trad, Alpine
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 108
Black Lassie
Sport, Alpine
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 46
D.D.D.
Sport, Alpine
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 73
Black Leather
Sport, Alpine
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 17
Tumbler
Sport, Alpine
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 19
This is the Meaning of Life
Sport, Alpine
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 24
Going Both Ways
Sport, Alpine
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 20
Box Lunch
Sport, Alpine
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 32
Strap-On Tools
Sport, Alpine
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 28
Secret Agent Man
Sport, Alpine
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 6
Anaerobia
Sport, Alpine
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
North ArĂȘte Crystal Crag > N Arete
 246
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
North Arete (Left Start Var… Crystal Crag > N Arete
 110
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
Springbank Crystal Crag > Highlands Wall
 62
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, Alpine
Cromagnon Dike Wall > E Face
 182
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, Alpine
Black Dihedral Dike Wall > E Face
 68
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Alpine
Black Lassie Dike Wall > E Face
 108
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, Alpine
D.D.D. Horseshoe Piles > Spring Wall
 46
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, Alpine
Black Leather Dike Wall > N Face
 73
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, Alpine
Tumbler Crystal Crag > Highlands Wall
 17
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, Alpine
This is the Meaning of Life Horseshoe Piles > Stream Wall
 19
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, Alpine
Going Both Ways Dike Wall > N Face
 24
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport, Alpine
Box Lunch Dike Wall > N Face
 20
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport, Alpine
Strap-On Tools Dike Wall > N Face
 32
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, Alpine
Secret Agent Man Dike Wall > E Face
 28
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, Alpine
Anaerobia T J Lake > Anaerobia
 6
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, Alpine
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