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01 - Hoover Wilderness Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 8,149'
Location: 38.27931, -119.45277 View Map  Incorrect?
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Sharing a border with the Yosemite Wilderness along the High Sierra crest, the Hoover Wilderness encompasses the Sawtooth Ridge (separate in MP for convenience). The wilderness was first established as a "primitive area" in 1931 and was then protected as wilderness in the 1964 Wilderness Act.

The Hoover has relatively little timber throughout much of its steep terrain. Its forests are composed of scattered groves of hemlock, pine, aspen, and cottonwood. Diverse wildflowers spread over the intermittent meadows found here and black bears are common.

Hoover is home to the spectacular Flatiron Butte.

Getting There 

The Hoover is easily accessible from its southern end (along Highway 120 near Yosemite's Tioga Pass entrance station), as well as from various points along its eastern edge near Highway 395.

Wilderness Permits

A wilderness permit is required for all overnight trips into the Hoover Wilderness. Trail quotas are in effect from the last Friday in June through September 15.

Permits are issued by the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and Inyo National Forest; the Inyo manages the southern tip accessible from Tioga Pass along Hwy 120, and Mono Lake, while the majority of the wilderness is managed by the Humbolt-Toiyabe. NOTE: Inyo also issues permits for trails to Lundy and Lakes Canyons accessed from the Mono Lake area. H-TNF issues permits for Twin Lakes and north.

If you plan to enter the wilderness through the Humboldt-Toiyabe, permits are available at the Bridgeport Visitor Center or by mail from March 1 through three weeks prior to the first day of you trip. The rest of the year permits are issued by self-registration at the Bridgeport ranger station - see sidebar for additional Forest Service website links.

For entering on the Inyo, permits are available here.

Climbing Season

For the High Sierra area.

Weather station 11.7 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in 01 - Hoover Wilderness

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for 01 - Hoover Wilderness:
North Face North Couloir (right couloir)   AI2 Steep Snow     Ice, Snow, Alpine, 6 pitches, 800'   North Peak
Northwest Ridge   Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c     Trad, Alpine, 800'   North Peak
Brutus of Wyde Memorial Route   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 12 pitches, 1500'   Flatiron Butte (Shangri La)
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Featured Route For 01 - Hoover Wilderness
Rock Climbing Photo: 24-September-2010: 3.5 pitches of ice in right cou...

North Face North Couloir (right couloir) AI2 Steep Snow  California : High Sierra : ... : North Peak
Amazing alpine ice route with a relatively short approach. Generally steep snow and 50-55 degree ice for 6 continuous pitches. Generally stay on the right side of the couloir (though both sides can be climbed) because the slope of the chute funnels rock and ice to the left side. I have seen this climb in various conditions from steep neve mixed with ice to bullet-proof steep blue ice from top to bottom. I have never seen it as a snow couloir as is shown in S.P. Parker's guidebook.The North C...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: 24-September-2010: short last pitch to the couloir...
24-September-2010: short last pitch to the couloir...
Rock Climbing Photo: Stock picture of Flatiron Butte.
Stock picture of Flatiron Butte.
Rock Climbing Photo: Spring approach to North Couloir
Spring approach to North Couloir
Rock Climbing Photo: Hoover Overview Map
BETA PHOTO: Hoover Overview Map
Rock Climbing Photo: North Peak on the right, and Mt. Conness on the le...
BETA PHOTO: North Peak on the right, and Mt. Conness on the le...

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