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Feather Peak Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 13,242'
Location: 37.326, -118.7782 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Chris Owen on Aug 3, 2007
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Feather Peak early in the morning from Royce Lakes...


West of the main crest but higher, the pinnacled North Ridge gives it it's feathered appearance. It's remote and worthy of attention and looks particularly impressive from Bear Creek Spire.

One of my personal favorites.

Getting There 

Take the Pine Creek Road off Highway 395 to the Pine Creek trailhead, by the Tungsten Mill. Hike up an old road which switchbacks its way monotonously up to the forest, then round the corner and into the much better scenery at Pine Lake. Head around the north side of the lake and take the trail, past Upper Pine Lake, to Honeymoon Lake, continue to follow the trail to Granite Park – but cut south west when above the lake and head cross-country up and over Royce Pass (11,680ft). Head straight west to a wonderful gravel spot just north of the middle (largest) of Royce Lakes. A spectacular spot which I lovingly call “The Hall of the Mountain Gods”.

Climbing Season

Weather station 11.4 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Feather Peak

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Feather Peak:
Feather Couloir (North Couloir)   AI2     Ice, Alpine, 4 pitches, 700'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Feather Peak (right) and Royce Peak (left) above R...

Feather Couloir (North Couloir) AI2  California : High Sierra : ... : Feather Peak
This is a fun climb in an excellent setting. When we climbed this in late September 2010 the bottom half of the couloir consisted of nice neve, and the top half consisted of 4 pitches of beautiful plastic ice. We soloed up the neve and started properly belaying where the ice began. The ice gets progressively steeper until the top of the couloir. After topping out turn left and climb 70' of class 3 to the summit. Enjoy the spectacular view!...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: Feather Peak from the SE.
Feather Peak from the SE.
Rock Climbing Photo: More Hall of the Mountain Gods.
More Hall of the Mountain Gods.
Rock Climbing Photo: Hall of the Mountain Gods. Merriam Peak from Middl...
Hall of the Mountain Gods. Merriam Peak from Middl...
Rock Climbing Photo: Bright morning sun on the approach to Feather Peak
Bright morning sun on the approach to Feather Peak
Rock Climbing Photo: Routes on Feather Peak.
BETA PHOTO: Routes on Feather Peak.
Rock Climbing Photo: As seen from the summit of Mt. Julius Caesar (13,1...
As seen from the summit of Mt. Julius Caesar (13,1...

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By ttriche
From: Altadena, CA
Aug 3, 2007
The north face couloirs are also an epic ski descent.

Trip report, with photos, from Javier:
By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
Aug 6, 2007
Love that crossing Royce Lakes picture...URL is now dead - any chance of breathing life into it?
By Cory Harelson
From: Boise, ID
Sep 27, 2010
Wow TTriche, awesome trip report! I was just up there climbing the Feather Couloir in ice conditions. Which of the couloirs did you guys ski? I may need to get back there this winter . . .

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