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Granite Basin Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,700'
Location: 37.90844, -118.81428 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Blitzo on Nov 1, 2006
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Granite Basin is a large granite dome located a little east of Sagehen Summit. It can't be seen in its entirety from Hwy 120. This is the home of the classic "Hair Raiser Buttress".

Getting There 

From 395, take Hwy 120, east for 19.6 miles. Turn left on a dirt road and follow it for 1.3 miles. Take a left and head north for .5 mile. Take another left and follow the road 0.8 miles to this dome.

For more detailed info, buy the "Mammoth Area Rock Climbs" guide, by Marty Lewis and John Moynier.

Climbing Season

For the Eastern Hills area.

Weather station 16.3 miles from here

10 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Granite Basin

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Granite Basin:
Hair Raiser Buttress   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, Sport, 3 pitches   South Face
Community Service   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 165'   Northeast Face
Granitology   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 180'   Northeast Face
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Hair Raiser Buttress 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a California : Sierra Eastside : ... : South Face
This East Side classic was first climbed by Vern Clevenger and Tom Higgins in 1975. It was climbed in the traditional runout style. Alan Hirahara added bolts to this route, but it is rumored that they have been chopped.P1: From the base of the cliff, climb scary moves off some blocks and onto this beautiful slab. 115' leads to a two-bolt belay.P2: A 5.8 pitch continues to another two-bolt belay.P3: One more 5.9 pitch leads to another two-bolt anchor.To descend, either rappel or walk off to the l...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: Granite Basin Overview
BETA PHOTO: Granite Basin Overview
Rock Climbing Photo: Granite Basin on a May Saturday. A view of the app...
Granite Basin on a May Saturday. A view of the app...
Rock Climbing Photo: Thought this was a cool photo of the rope getting ...
Thought this was a cool photo of the rope getting ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Fall colors in Granite Basin.
Fall colors in Granite Basin.
Rock Climbing Photo: Granite Mountain from the ground.
BETA PHOTO: Granite Mountain from the ground.

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By kenr
Jul 31, 2015
The dirt road leaving highway 120 is non-wide single-lane with sagebrush close alongside. So I suggest before driving the twenty miles out on rt 120, consider if your vehicle is going to be able to handle whatever method you're planning to use in case you unexpectedly run into a section that's very irregular or deeply rutted or washed out, and your method for in case you encounter another vehicle coming in the opposite direction.

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