Bear Creek Spire Rock Climbing
Bear Creek Spire from the southwest at "L&quo...
This fantastic rock peak dominates Little Lakes Valley and has at least four high-quality routes to its name. Another High Sierra prerequisite summit.
From 395 at Tom's Place drive west to Mosquito Flats. Hike along Little Lakes Valley trail to Long Lake, then follow a faint trail up to either Treasure Lakes or before reaching those lakes cut left and up to the desolate Dade Lake (4.25 miles, 1,300 feet of elevation gain).
Weather station 13.2 miles from here
3 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Bear Creek Spire
Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in Bear Creek Spire
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Bear Creek Spire:
North Arete 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 1000'
East Arete 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine, 22 pitches
Featured Route For Bear Creek Spire
Northeast Ridge Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c California
: High Sierra
: ... : Bear Creek Spire
An excellent scramble on solid granite, with spectacular views along the summit ridge.Start at the low point on the ridge (Peppermint Pass) and follow its crest, at first low angle, pass the large tower on the left and begin to climb steeper rock, using whatever weakness you can find, generally stay left of the ridge itself (which is soon joined by the North Arete). Below the summit ridge the rock is quite steep and you may want to use a rope. Gain the summit ridge and follow it to the required...[more] Browse More Classics in California
From: Sacramento, CA
Aug 20, 2007
Allow approximately 4 hours for the approach if hiking at a fairly moderate pace. If you plan to climb car-to-car, count on a "Grade IV" day.
By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 27, 2007
Galen Rowell's name will forever be associated with this peak. He was on the first ascent of the N Arete, S Face and also a different route on the South Face, solo. The latter was completed in 24 hours, car to car, including a 40 mile bike ride to get between trailheads! He also climbed it in winter.
Jul 23, 2010
The story of Rowell jumping on his stashed road bike after doing a solo FA of the S. Face of Bear Creek is one of the most inspiring pieces of Sierra-lore there is. Very cool.