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Crystal Crag Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 10,100'
Location: 37.592, -119.0141 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Aron Quiter, Euan Cameron, AWinters, John Robinson, M.Morley, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Adam Stackhouse, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Euan Cameron on Jun 26, 2007
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Crystal Crag from Crystal Lake

Description 

Crystal Crag is easily seen from almost any point within the Mammoth Lakes basin. Its rocky form tops out at 10,364ft. There are a number of climbing options available. There are a couple of climbs that go all the way to the summit. However, some of the best climbing is found along the North East base of the peak.

The rock along the base is good quality granite, with many dikes and knobs.

The cliffs get early morning sun, and are blissfully sheltered from the strong summer sun, for most of the day.

Getting There 

Park at the Lake George parking lot and start hiking on the Crystal Lake Trail. After about 20 mins a sign to Crystal Lake is seen. Hang a left at the sign and follow the trail down to the lake. Follow the trail around the lake and after about 100 yards, take the climbers trail on the left. Follow this until you reach the base of the cliff. The approach takes about 45 minutes.

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.8 miles from here

21 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',15],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',4],['5.7',1],['5.8',1],['5.9',5],['5.10',7],['5.11',3],['5.12',0],['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 Crystal Crag

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Crystal Crag:
South Ridge   Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c     Trad, Alpine, 650'   alpine / multi-pitch
North Arête   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches   North Arete
Aretes of Crystal Crag direct   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Alpine, 1300'   alpine / multi-pitch
East Face, Central Gully   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 300'   alpine / multi-pitch
North Arete (dihedral variation)   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches   North Arete
Macallan   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Highlands Wall
Cragganmore   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Highlands Wall
Springbank   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Highlands Wall
Lagavullin   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Highlands Wall
Tumbler   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 100'   Highlands Wall
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Featured Route For Crystal Crag
Rock Climbing Photo: Crystal Crag in winter conditions.

East Face, Central Gully 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : alpine / multi-pitch
The route name accurately describes the route in full: climb the central gully on the east face of Crystal Crag. Beyond the boring name and description, it is a fine winter route on a fun and easily accessible peak. The first known ascent was done in winter conditions so the route description will reflect that.The route starts immediately with a short step of steep though blocky and moderate rock climbing (5.7). The step gives way to lower angle slabs with more of a "mixed" quality. Above the sl...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Crystal Crag Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: view of the lakes below Crystal Crag (Sept 27, 201...
view of the lakes below Crystal Crag (Sept 27, 201...
Rock Climbing Photo: Crystal Crag catching the last rays of the sun on ...
Crystal Crag catching the last rays of the sun on ...
Rock Climbing Photo: 5-September-2009: Me leading the North Face (5.8) ...
5-September-2009: Me leading the North Face (5.8) ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Crystal Lake, early on the morning on the way to C...
Crystal Lake, early on the morning on the way to C...
Rock Climbing Photo: The view from the base of Crystal Crag, with the M...
The view from the base of Crystal Crag, with the M...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Mammoth Crest and Crystal Crag at sunset
The Mammoth Crest and Crystal Crag at sunset
Rock Climbing Photo: the crag from the approach trail
the crag from the approach trail
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing at Crystal Crag, Sierra Eastside
Climbing at Crystal Crag, Sierra Eastside
Rock Climbing Photo: Crystal Crag
BETA PHOTO: Crystal Crag
Rock Climbing Photo: Cool boulder on the approach, Crystal Crag
Cool boulder on the approach, Crystal Crag
Rock Climbing Photo: Crystal Crag, Mammoth Lakes Basin
Crystal Crag, Mammoth Lakes Basin
Rock Climbing Photo: Mammoth Lakes basin from the base of Crystal Crag
Mammoth Lakes basin from the base of Crystal Crag
Rock Climbing Photo: Crystal Crag from the Lodge.
Crystal Crag from the Lodge.
Rock Climbing Photo: Crystal crag trailhead.
BETA PHOTO: Crystal crag trailhead.
Rock Climbing Photo: Weathered tree on the hike up to Crystal Crag, Mam...
Weathered tree on the hike up to Crystal Crag, Mam...
Rock Climbing Photo: Crystal Crag panorama, Mammoth Lakes Basin.
Crystal Crag panorama, Mammoth Lakes Basin.
Rock Climbing Photo: Lake Mary from Crystal Crag, Mammoth Lakes.
Lake Mary from Crystal Crag, Mammoth Lakes.
Rock Climbing Photo: Crystal Crag from Lake George, Mammoth Lakes Basin
Crystal Crag from Lake George, Mammoth Lakes Basin
Rock Climbing Photo: The last bit of the approach to Crystal Crag, Sier...
The last bit of the approach to Crystal Crag, Sier...
Rock Climbing Photo: Crystal Crag from Lake Barrett
Crystal Crag from Lake Barrett
Rock Climbing Photo: Summit of Crystal Crag
Summit of Crystal Crag
Rock Climbing Photo: Here ye, here ye: on this day, sporto's shall clim...
Here ye, here ye: on this day, sporto's shall clim...
Rock Climbing Photo: Crystal Crag from Lake George Parking Lot.   Highl...
BETA PHOTO: Crystal Crag from Lake George Parking Lot. Highl...
Rock Climbing Photo: Approaching the North Arete in a heavy snow year.
Approaching the North Arete in a heavy snow year.

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By Euan Cameron
Administrator
From: Redlands and Mammoth Lakes
Jul 7, 2010
It was a really cold spring this year which means there is still a lot of snow around.
By rex parker
From: las vegas n.v
Sep 15, 2011
their is a lot of different routes up to the summit on the north arete including a 5-8 variation and a 5-9 clevenger variation. these are much better routes then the 5-6 regular north arete I highly recommend these. better rock and more fun to be had.
By MisterE
From: Bishop, CA
Jul 6, 2016
LOOSE ROCK WARNING: If you are planning on climbing at Highland Wall while parties are on the super-popular North Face Route, it is advisable to bring a helmet and stay close to the wall when belaying. We had 3 incidents of rock-fall from high above yesterday, barely missing me, and a small rock actually hit my wife on the head.

Additionally, because of the wind, ledges and multiple parties, we are going to bring walkie talkies (and start early) for the North Face climb.