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Eichorn Pinnacle Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 10,680'
Location: 37.8476, -119.4059 View Map  Incorrect?
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Nearly equal in beauty to the neighboring Cathedral Peak, Eichorn's Pinnacle offers one of Tuolumne's most spectacular summits. It is named after Jules Eichorn (1912 - 2000), an avid mountaineer and Sierra Club leader, who first summited via the North Face in 1931. More about Jules Eichorn can be found here.

The North Face affords an easy way to tag the summit after climbing Cathedral's Southeast Buttress.

Getting There 

From the Cathedral Lakes trailhead, follow the main (John Muir) trail for approximately 3 miles.

Climbing Season

Weather station 10.9 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Eichorn Pinnacle

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Eichorn Pinnacle:
North Face   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 100'   
West Pillar   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 600'   
West Pillar Direct   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 700'   
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West Pillar 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  California : Yosemite National Park : ... : Eichorn Pinnacle
The West Pillar route is a fun route and a great link-up with a route on Cathedral Peak. When linking these two routes, you effectively make a loop, hiking out on the John Muir trail, instead of the Cathedral Peak approach trail. The first pitch begins with a wide crack (5.9). There are two ways to go on the next section. The original route moves right and climbs 5.9 cracks to a horn in one pitch and climbs back left via 5.7 and 5.8 climbing in the next pitch. A direct route is also possible at ...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: The classic hero shot!   August 2012 Photo by Scot...
The classic hero shot! August 2012 Photo by Scot...
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Alpin Glow on Cathedral peak from the top of eicho...
Rock Climbing Photo: view of Eichorn's Pinnacle from Cathedral
view of Eichorn's Pinnacle from Cathedral
Rock Climbing Photo: Eichorn at sunset
Eichorn at sunset
Rock Climbing Photo: Eichorn pinnacle at sunset
Eichorn pinnacle at sunset
Rock Climbing Photo: Donnie gets ready for the traverse to Eichorn from...
Donnie gets ready for the traverse to Eichorn from...
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Another angle.
Rock Climbing Photo: Summit Register
Summit Register
Rock Climbing Photo: A view of Eichorn's Pinnacle from the North-East
A view of Eichorn's Pinnacle from the North-East
Rock Climbing Photo: Eichorn's Pinnacle.
Eichorn's Pinnacle.
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By Jessie Tan
From: Detroit, Michigan
Sep 30, 2014
Hey everybody,

Climbed Eichorn's Pinnacle on 9/29/2014 and my rope got stuck on the rap from the summit, it's a blue sterling 9.8 70m, was unable to retrieve it from the stance we were at in the 3rd class gully without legit risk.

If anybody is climbing the route soon and able to retrieve it, send me a message and I'll pay you to send it back to me and buy you a new cam ordered to your address. Email


Aug 28, 2017
Just want to add a little bit to approach/descend. Approach via Cathedral Lakes trail for about three miles. Once the Eichorn Pinnacle comes to view, and trail starts descending, I believe it's quicker to cut left there through trees and boulders. There is no path but we found it to be a bit quicker as we were not loosing elevation.

First time we climbed it, we descended the trail and took left at the split (there is a sign) and once we were directly in front of the Pinnacle we took sharp left and ascended steep terrain to the base of the climb (we didn't find any solid climber's path to the base). It seemed to us a bit harder and longer this way.

Allow about 1.5 hours for approach to the base of the climb.

There are two ways to descend after one 70 ft rappel.

1. Via third class slabs that go (climber's) left of the Pinnacle. This descent will bring you back to the Cathedral Lakes trail. If you left your stuff at the base of the climb, it makes sense to come down this way. We haven't done this descent but from above looks harder.

2. Hike up to the notch between Cathedral Peak and the ridge line. Descent goes on the other side of the Cathedral Peak. It is an easy scramble down/descent via Mountaineer's route. It is well marked. The path will take you to Budd stream. Don't cross the stream. Just follow climber's path that will ultimately join Cathedral Lake trail. From this intersection is about half a mile back to the car.
By Brianna Chrisman 1
From: Mountain View
Aug 28, 2017
To add to LUBICA's descent comment: We did option 1 (since we left our stuff at the bottom of the climb). Rapped down and then scrambled/walked down the slabs/gully climbers left of eichorn's pinnacle. Took us 15-20 minutes on 2nd/3d class (did it in tennis shoes) to get to the base of the climb where we had stashed my pack (and then we just came back the same trail we had done the approach on). Easy and nice not to have to carry the 40L pack up the offwidth.

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