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Great Depression 

Gray Eagle Rock Climbing 

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A multipitch dome with most routes requiring gear. There are walls facing almost all directions, so it's possible to find both sun or shade as needed. Even on sunny days, winds can be chilly once you're a few pitches up.

Beautiful views and a lack of crowds make this a great place for multipitch climbing.

Gray Eagle is found in the same area as Red Eagle, Minerva, Shuteye Creek Walls, Electric Eagle and Bastion. The same camp and basic approach is used to access them all and one could easily climb on multiple formations during the same day/trip.

Getting There 

Take Mammoth Pool Road to a dirt road 6S66 (marked for Shuteye Pass Trail" and right at Channel Creek (also marked by a sign). 6S66 is passable even with a normal clearance 2WD, but careful driving is definitely required.

Follow 6S66 to where it splits, continuing up and left to the final trailhead only with a 4WD vehicle with clearance. Otherwise, take the fork right to an alternate campsite or simply park at the fork.

From the final trailhead, follow the clearly cairned trail, taking the first left (staying left of a rock outcropping) and then the next right (directly towards the wall) at a well-marked intersection. If you go too far left, you will end up at Red Eagle instead. If you take the initial left, you will end up at Shuteye Creek Wall. Either way, you can traverse back to Gray Eagle with a bit of work.

The trail is relatively steep and takes around 35 minutes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 10.2 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 Gray Eagle

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Gray Eagle:
Wing Feather   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches   Great Depression
Heart of Gold   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches   Alley Wall
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Featured Route For Gray Eagle
Rock Climbing Photo: Topo To Wing Feather

Wing Feather 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  California : Southern Sierra : ... : Great Depression
An excellent steep moderate. The climbing is straightforward, though route finding can be less clear after the obvious crack on the first pitch.Pro is generally good, assuming one is comfortable with slung knobs as pro on easy climbing.P1 - 5.8 - 60m - Follow the obvious cracks up the buttress. when they run out, knobs lead up and left to a comfortable alcove with chain anchors.P2 - 5.8 - 60m - Lead out directly left and proceed up on endless knobs. There are a few cracks available and eventu...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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