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Elevation: 13,525'
Location: 37.143, -118.529 View Map  Incorrect?
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First climbed in 1926 by Norman Clyde, Cloudripper offers a range of climbing options from walk-ups to scrambles. It's close proximity to the South Lake trailhead make it an ideal choice for early season or when you're not quite up for a death march. A longer but easier option is available from Glacier Lodge.

Routes include:
E Ridge - Class 1
N Slopes - Class 2
W Chute - Class 3

Getting There 

West Chute or North Slope
From central Bishop head W on highway 168 (aka W Line Street) ~15 miles to the South Lake Road turn-off. Turn left and continue another 6 miles to the trailhead parking lot. Bear boxes and bathrooms are available.

East Ridge
From Central Big Pine take the Glacier Lodge road ~12 miles to its end. Dayhikers can park directly at the trailhead. Overnight hikers need to 0.5 miles earlier or pay to park at the Glacier Lodge lot ($5 as of July 2010). There are also bear boxes and bathrooms at the trailhead.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.8 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Cloudripper

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Cloudripper:
West Chute   3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a     Trad, Alpine, Grade II   
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Featured Route For Cloudripper
Rock Climbing Photo: looking down the West Chute

West Chute 3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a  California : High Sierra : ... : Cloudripper
The West Chute of Cloudripper sports relatively straightforward route finding with enjoyable climbing on solid granite and nearby options for spicing up the Class 3 rating. The total mileage with the Green Lake descent is ~8.5 miles with ~4300 ft of gain, making it an easy day excursion from South Lake.According to Secor (The High Sierra: Peaks, Passes, and Trails, 1999 ed.) the West Chute was climbed by Tony Watkin on June 22, 1997. Given the accessibility of the peak and prominent nature of th...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

Photos of Cloudripper Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: ascent and descent overview
BETA PHOTO: ascent and descent overview
Rock Climbing Photo: Cloudripper's W Face
Cloudripper's W Face

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By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
Jul 6, 2012
I always liked the look of Cloudripper when seen from the south end of Long Lake. I'll see if I can dig up a picture..

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