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Alternate Ending S 
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Big Screen S 
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Brief Intermission S 
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Coming Attractions S 
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Director's Cut S 
Exit Stage Left S 
Held Over S 
IMAX S 
Little Crack T 
Roll Credits TR 

Big Tower Rock Climbing 


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Location: 37.502, -118.56771 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Tom Helvie on Dec 19, 2006
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Description 

This small area contains a modest selection of moderates, including one of the easiest bolted routes in the Gorge.

Getting There 

On the eastside of the paved, middle power plant rd., where the river bends and the steep hill ends. Cross via a bridge hidden under the leaning tree.

Climbing Season

For the Lower Gorge area.

Weather station 17.4 miles from here

14 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',1],['5.8',1],['5.9',2],['5.10',6],['5.11',1],['5.12',1],['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 Big Tower

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Big Tower:
Coming Attractions   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport   
Cult Classic   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 60'   
Alternate Ending   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 60'   
Director's Cut   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Exit Stage Left   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 80'   
Big Screen   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport   
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Featured Route For Big Tower
Rock Climbing Photo: Photo topo of Director's Cut

Director's Cut 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  California : Sierra Eastside : ... : Big Tower
Just to the right of "Held Over". Start on the lower detached buttress past two bolts to gain the main left buttress of Big Tower. A longer draw for the third bolt reduces rope drag. 3 separate cruxes and enjoyable climbing on clean pockets and edges make this a fun outing....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

Photos of Big Tower Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Updated Topo for Pink Wall/Big Tower Area
BETA PHOTO: Updated Topo for Pink Wall/Big Tower Area
Rock Climbing Photo: Updated topo for the south face of Big Tower and A...
BETA PHOTO: Updated topo for the south face of Big Tower and A...
Rock Climbing Photo: Big Tower Left Area - Topo
BETA PHOTO: Big Tower Left Area - Topo
Rock Climbing Photo: Topo to right side of Big Tower
BETA PHOTO: Topo to right side of Big Tower
Rock Climbing Photo: Tree-bridge crossing to the Big Tower area.
Tree-bridge crossing to the Big Tower area.
Rock Climbing Photo: Big Tower Center Area - Topo
BETA PHOTO: Big Tower Center Area - Topo

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By Maidy
Feb 9, 2016
A good selection of really fun climbs in 5.10 range in this area.

EDIT/UPDATE: A new permanent crossing has been installed just below the Big Tower.

The large "tree bridge" below "Anonymous Bolter" buttress has been compromised by recent high water flows and should not be considered a safe crossing any longer.

The north crossing below the Pink Face was completely demolished by high water releases and is no longer there. There are some small logs that can be crossed with caution- only when the water is low.

As a side note- the hillsides are really loose. We've made some effort to stabilize and mark the trails. Try to walk on established trails and large rocks whenever possible. Avoid shortcuts across the loose scree to help with the erosion issue. Thanks.

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