The dark side is on the northwest face of High Eagle. This area is the first of area encountered on the trail to High Eagle from Friend Rock camp. The right side of the Darkside is sometimes referred to as the Amphitheater. Routes in that section will be included here.
The right most routes (Leanie Meanie, Pickle Missle etc) get shade in the morning. The rest of the dark side goes into the shade by 10 or 11 am in the summer time.
5-10 min walk from Friend Rock Camp. Find the log with a section cut out of it below FRC. Their are cairns on the log. Walk downhill towards the amphitheater. The first routes are on the left side of the amphitheater.
Climbing Season For the High Eagle area.
Weather station 10.4 miles from here
5 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Dark Side
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Dark Side:
Darth Vader 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 115'
Featured Route For Dark Side
Darth Vader 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a CA
: Southern Sierra
: ... : Dark Side
Poor holds right off the ground lead to steep moves on good holds past the first bolt. (Stick clip useful). Romp up to the 3rd bolt and get a good rest. The fixed nut is pretty good and can be backed up with a .5 camalot or 1-1.5" piece. Fight up the overhanging layback to a stance and a bolt. Work left on good holds to a nice rest. Quest up the face past a mix of bolts and gear until you make it to a roof way up high. Pull another solid 5.11/11+ crux past closely spaced bolts. Some more easy cl...[more] Browse More Classics in CA