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06 - Little Lakes Valley & Mono Recesses Rock Climbing 


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The Spire from a frozen Long Lake

Description 

Little Lakes Valley is another excellent high elevation starting point for day (and longer) excursions into the high Sierra. The road to the trailheads here takes one conveniently to 10,000 feet of elevation outside the snowy months, offering relatively easy access to Bear Creek Spire and neighboring alpine playgrounds. Lodges, campgrounds and trailhead parking lots offer accommodations for various levels of expense.

Mono Recesses are a series of hanging valleys west of Mono Pass, the further west you go the less visited they get. Recess Peak is located over Mono Pass, although not a climbing destination Pioneer Basin is a wonderful high and relatively remote area, one of the hallmark High Sierra scenic destinations.

Getting There 

From highway 395 at Toms Place (don't blink and miss it!), drive south into the mountains on Rock Creek Road, winding between west and south to Rock Creek Lakes Resort.

Depending on your destination, you will either turn left on Rock Creek Lake Road for Tamarack Lakes trailhead, or continue on Rock Creek Road to Mono Pass trailhead at Mosquito Flat. Two trails start here; Little Lakes Valley and Mono Pass.

Main peaks of interest are:

Bear Creek Spire - Bear Creek and Little Lakes Valley Trail
Mount Dade - Little Lakes Valley Trail
Mount Gabb - Little Lakes Valley Trail
Mount Abbot - Little Lakes Valley Trail
Mount Mills - Little Lakes Valley Trail or Mono Pass Trail
Recess Peak - Mono Pass Trail


Campsites
Campsites for the main peaks in Little Lakes Valley can be; the west side of Long Lake, Treasure Lakes, or Dade Lake. Some routes can be handled in a long day by fit people.

Permits
Permits for this trailhead can be reserved here. Both Mono Pass and Little Lakes Valley are very popular, reserve early.

For backcountry skiers, the road is closed in winter, and parking can be had at a Rock Creek Sno-park. From there you can follow a groomed trail up to Mosquito Flats, then the wonderland of snow and mountains is your oyster. You'll need to display a permit which you can get here .

Climbing Season



Weather station 16.6 miles from here

27 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',14],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',14],['5.7',0],['5.8',2],['5.9',1],['5.10',9],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in 06 - Little Lakes Valley & Mono Recesses

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for 06 - Little Lakes Valley & Mono Recesses:
North Couloir   3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a     Trad, Alpine, Grade II   Mount Abbot
Northeast Ridge   Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c     Trad, Alpine   Bear Creek Spire
NNW Ridge direct   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Alpine, 3300'   Little Lakes Peak
North Arete   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 1000'   Bear Creek Spire
East Arete   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 22 pitches   Bear Creek Spire
North Buttress   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 10 pitches, 1500'   Third Recess Peak
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Rock Climbing Photo: Bear Creek Spire viewed from the Dade Lake area.  ...

North Arete 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  California : High Sierra : ... : Bear Creek Spire
A fine alpine rock climb with a wonderful prospect over Little Lakes Valley.P1 5.6. Snowline dependent, cracks in slabs to a ledge where it gets steeper.P2 5.8. Steep flake crack on the left to a ledge.P3 5.7. Up and right over flakes to where the arete relents a little. Route-finding can be tricky.P4/5 Easy 5th. Up the crest of the arete in a wonderful position to a ledge below the final impasse, a steep off-width crack.P6 5.8 crux. The crack awkwardly.P7 Easy 5th. Tunnel through to the other s...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

Photos of 06 - Little Lakes Valley & Mono Recesses Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Little Lakes Valley - Bear Creek Spire is out of f...
Little Lakes Valley - Bear Creek Spire is out of f...
Rock Climbing Photo: peaks of Little Lakes Valley seen from the summit ...
BETA PHOTO: peaks of Little Lakes Valley seen from the summit ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Summit ridge.
Summit ridge.
Rock Climbing Photo: On the Mono Pass Trail with BCS, Mt. Dade and Mt. ...
On the Mono Pass Trail with BCS, Mt. Dade and Mt. ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Little Lakes Valley - in late June of an epic run ...
Little Lakes Valley - in late June of an epic run ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Snow camping at Mosquito Flat - April 2017.
Snow camping at Mosquito Flat - April 2017.
Rock Climbing Photo: Abbot Group in April 2017.
Abbot Group in April 2017.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sara Susca skinning towards Mosquito Flat in winte...
Sara Susca skinning towards Mosquito Flat in winte...
Rock Climbing Photo: Main crest from Rock Creek Road in winter.
Main crest from Rock Creek Road in winter.
Rock Climbing Photo: Little Lakes Valley as seen from the Mono Pass Tra...
Little Lakes Valley as seen from the Mono Pass Tra...
Rock Climbing Photo: On the Mono Pass Trail.
On the Mono Pass Trail.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ski touring in the upper basins near Treasure Lake...
Ski touring in the upper basins near Treasure Lake...
Rock Climbing Photo: Skinning across Mack Lake.
Skinning across Mack Lake.
Rock Climbing Photo: Skinning past Long lake in winter.
Skinning past Long lake in winter.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sara Susca descending from Patricia Bowl with Bear...
Sara Susca descending from Patricia Bowl with Bear...
Rock Climbing Photo: Rock Creek Road in winter, with Mount Dade in the ...
Rock Creek Road in winter, with Mount Dade in the ...

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By Tyler S
From: Edmonds, WA
Dec 24, 2016
Any route development on the east facing cliffs of the First Recess? Can't seem to find anything on the interwebs, but from Google Earth and some scattered hiking pictures it looks pretty promising.

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