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Bear Crag Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,700'
Location: 37.56684, -119.07988 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Tom Helvie on Jan 24, 2007


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Overview directions to the Bear Crag


Bear Crag is the best summer, "steep" crag on the eastside. On some of the climbs the first few feet are not the best rock quality but after you get past that rock quality is excellent. The climbing is mostly steep jughauling on blocky, volcanic rock. The climbs are well protected with bolts. Logistically this cliff is somewhat of a nightmare. It is located in the Reds Meadow area. What this means is that you must get up early (gate closes at 7am) to drive in or you will have to take the shuttle. There is also a $7 per day use fee. It will take you approximately 45 minutes to get to the crag but you'll probably be rewarded with solitude. Be sure you take a pruner so you can help keep the trail clear of the thorn bushes. Depending on where you climb at Bear Crag, the climbs go in the sun between 1 and 2 pm.

Getting There 

From the Rainbow Falls Parking area (just below the Red's Meadow Resort) follow the trail toward Rainbow Falls. You will come to a junction (this junction is after the junction with the Pacific Crest/John Muir junction) that has 2 signs facing the opposite direction and say Resort/Parking/bus stop/etc. After this junction continue on the Rainbow Falls Trail another 250' and you will come to three burnt tree stumps on the left. These trees start near one another (within 15 feet or so) and radiate out away from one another. These trees are 30" diameter and are 20, 35 and 40 feet tall (these trees were here 6/2014 so be aware they will fall at some time) You will find a use trail just past these 3 trees. Follow this use trail for 300 feet and you will arrive at a stock trail. Go right on this stock trail and follow it downhill until you cross Boundary Creek. Continue on the stock trail for another 200 feet heading downhill and curving right and you will arrive at a use trail on the left. Follow this trail to the Crag.

Climbing Season

Weather station 8.4 miles from here

40 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',14],['3 Stars',17],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Bear Crag

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Bear Crag:
Stairway to Heaven   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   The Tombstone
Chicks Dig It   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   The Columns
Optimizer   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 115'   Teflon Wall
Friendly Fire   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   The Columns
Jagged Sky   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   South Buttress
Mercy Buckets   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Columns
Flamed Thrower   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Columns
Bear Backin It   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 100'   The Columns
Flying Circus   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Columns
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Featured Route For Bear Crag
Rock Climbing Photo: Tom Helvie on Tension Tamer.

Tension Tamer 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c  California : Sierra Eastside : ... : Huber Wall
This is one of the steeper outings in the Eastern Sierra's, and is an area classic. No move is harder than ~V2, but how many V2's can you do in a row? The best pure endurance testpiece in Mammoth....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By Tim Steele
From: Bishop, CA.
Jan 24, 2007
Props to the route developers here. Fun crag!
By Kyle Townsend
From: Oakland, CA
Aug 23, 2012
For a comprehensive guide to this area, please refer to Mammoth Area Rock Climbs by Marty Lewis and John Moynier, Chapter 6: Reds Meadow Area, Bear Crag (pg. 135).

Marty has contributed immensely to the development of the Eastside Sierra, and even with the advent of technologies such as Mountain Project, it's important to have integrity with our values as climbers and support the people who make climbing such incredible routes possible.

Thanks to Marty Lewis, John Moynier, Peter Croft, and all the other great climbers who have not only established some of the most fantastic world-class routes in the Sierra, but also for making such arduous efforts to proliferate this information for all to enjoy.

Climb on, climb strong!
By SCherry
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 13, 2017
Anyone climbing at Bear Crag yet? Wondering what the conditions are this year with the heavy snow???

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