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Golden Rock Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 11,000'
Location: 37.92796, -119.23272 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Bruce Morris on Jul 28, 2016
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BETA PHOTO: Approach to the Golden Rock in Ellery Bowl up from...


Golden Rock is a small buttress on the right, west side of Ellery Bowl. The buttress is clean white granite and sits at the lowest point at the top of the "Bowl" with a small seasonal snowfield directly beneath it. Although a few other routes exist here, the gem is the underrated Speed of Life (5.11b), which shoots up the buttress in two pitches of superb crack climbing. "Moose and Squirrel" (5.10a) is a second pitch variation to "Speed of Life". "Codex" (5.12a) is on the buttress to the right of the recessed chimney system. "Full Speed Ahead" (5.11c) and "Moon Dawg" (5.9+) are further right, around the corner of the buttress out of Ellery Couloir.

Getting There 

Park at Ellery Lake, cross the Rhinedollar Dam spillway, and head more or less straight up the talus field towards the buttress. There is a trail of sorts, but expect a 45-minute slog.

Climbing Season

For the Lee Vining Canyon / Tioga Road area.

Weather station 0.4 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Rock Climbing Photo: "Speed of Life" on the Golden Rock buttr...

Speed of Life 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  California : Sierra Eastside : ... : Golden Rock
First pitch: 5.10d fingers to an easier flake. 2nd crux pitch: A beautiful splitter that goes up the arête starting with thin hands and widening to cups, which narrows back down to thin hands. Scramble up and walk off to the left or rap the route from ASCA fixed anchors with a 70m rope....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: Golden Rock in Ellery Bowl showing the semi-perman...
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By Bruce Morris
From: Belmont, CA
Jul 30, 2017
Here's a Youtube video of the approach up to Golden Rock taken by a quad cam:

Gives a pretty good idea of the slog up to the base and the walk back down to Ellery Lake.

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