Mountain Project Logo

Routes in Spring Lake Wall

Beckey Route T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
One That Got Away, The T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c C1 PG13
That's A Sheer Cliff T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13
Type: Trad, 700 ft, 6 pitches, Grade III
FA: Galen Rowell & Vern Clevenger 1975
Page Views: 166 total · 9/month
Shared By: Gunkswest on Jul 28, 2016
Admins: M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

You & This Route

1 Opinions

Your To-Do List:

Add To-Do

Your Star Rating:

     Clear Rating

Your Difficulty Rating:

-none- Change

Your Ticks:

Add New Tick
Always check road conditions and peregrine closures Details


From the 1976 AAJ:

"Spring Lake Wall, “That’s a Sheer Cliff” Route. The north face of Peak 11,440+ in the Mineral King region drops sheerly into Spring Lake. Unknown to Vern Clevenger and me, Fred Beckey had climbed the right side of the face earlier in 1975. As we veered from the unofficial trail to approach the face, a backpacker began yelling at us excitedly, “Come back! Come back! That’s a sheer cliff!” We decided that his quote would be a fitting name if we could climb the wall.

The center of the face had several dihedrals rising vertically nearly 1000 feet. Rashly, Vern and I began the climb at two P.M. after our approach from the roadhead. We thought if all the climbing was free, then we could finish the climb by dark. Late in the day we had climbed only two F9 pitches, one of them poorly protected and devious. We descended and returned the next morning, climbing two more F9 pitches up cracks, chimneys, and bulges before the route eased back into lower angle F7 and F8. By noon we reached the summit. NCCS IV, F9."


This route climbs the wall above Spring Lake near the head of Cliff Creek Canyon.


Carry a standard rack.