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Five Fingers Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 5,000'
Location: 35.689, -117.90929 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: outdooreric on Jan 11, 2013
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Five Fingers from Heller Rocks approach.


Popular with the Sierra Club and other peak baggers, the Five Fingers area consists of an interesting series of 100-250 foot granite spires which terminate at Aquila Peak. If one were to follow this ridge beyond the summit, it would join Owen's Ridge and eventually Owen's Peak. The fingers are numbered from East to West and two routes to the summit are popular. Either traverse the fingers to the summit or take a sandy slog following an intermittent trail below and around the lesser fingers also to gain the summit. As far as rock quality, there is a lot of bad with the good, so good route finding and judgement are essential tools for any adventure in this largely ignored area.

As mentioned in the out-of-print Domelands, there are many route possibilities on most of the fingers that may exist or are yet to be developed. Hopefully this post will bring about some clarity for what is done or needs to be done.

Getting There 

Turn into Indian Wells Canyon off of Highway 14 and after a couple miles turn right onto SE 182, a steep sandy 4wd road that ends a couple hundred yards from the bottom of the lowest formation. If you have only 2wd, the road can be hiked, but it is quite a bit longer to do so.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.6 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Traverse of the Fingers Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c  California : Sierra Eastside : ... : Five Fingers
Start at the parking area near the end of the 4x4 road and head toward the lowest granite spire. Tag this spire and move to the next one. Repeat this pattern until a summit register is reached at the 5714' Aquila Peak.There appear to be more than five summits on this route. In all honesty, I am not 100% sure which finger is the actual "First Finger" as I encountered about 7 or 8 formations that could be considered fingers....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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