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Bad Daddy Canyon Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,500'
Location: 37.41022, -118.66068 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Bruce Willey on Jul 2, 2009
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BETA PHOTO: Looking up the gully that leads to Bad Daddy.


Secluded rarely visited area of Pine Creek that is like New Zealand. Well, there are more sheep than people.

Getting There 

Park at the top of the first hair-pin turn leading up Pine Creek Canyon. A good trail leads up the moraine melange. Head across a brushy flatland aiming for the first canyon on the left. Trail mainly follows the gully up. Bad Daddy is past the first rock outcrop and up some 3rd class.

Climbing Season

Weather station 13.6 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Bad Daddy Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Bad Daddy Canyon:
Bad Daddy   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 425'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Bad Daddy is the prominent crack system in the cen...

Bad Daddy 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  California : Sierra Eastside : ... : Bad Daddy Canyon
Pitch 1 is sort of awkward. The crack is good, the feet not so much. Start up a nice crack and roof then traverse up and right, reaching three bolts before the belay.Pitch 2 needs no explanation other than a splitter handcrack to committing roof.Pitch 3: stiff fingers off the belay to a nice, perfect layback on a thin rail. ends on a nice summit with great views of the OV and Whites. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By rickziegler Ziegler
May 17, 2013
Just to add to the approach description. From the hairpin Bruce mentioned, there is now a line a stacked rocks marking the start of the trail. This trail is pretty easy to follow to the top of the moraine. From the top of the moraine, drop down slightly, heading north and generally staying at the base of the slope on your left. The trail is vague in places here but travel is fairly easy. (snakes can be here April-October)
You will be heading north approx 15 minutes, past a couple large boulders, looking for the first prominent gully dropping down from the crest (see photo). In this gully, several class 3 dry walls are easily bypassed, usually on the right. Once in the gully, the trail becomes easier to find, with Bad Daddy itself marked by a large pile of rocks.
The approach is the in sun in the morning and can be warm. But the excellent climbing on Bad Daddy is in the shade and can be cool and breezy.
Total hike can be done comfortably in about an hour.

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