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Horseshoe Piles Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 9,200'
Location: 37.603, -119.0186 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: C Miller on Jan 24, 2007
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BETA PHOTO: Turn right of the trail at these water tanks.


This is a small grouping of four crags on the steep, wooded slopes above Horseshoe Lake (hence the name) with fabulous views of the surrounding area. Most of the climbs here are sport routes, with a few exceptions, on high quality alpine granite.

Due to the high elevation and northerly aspect of the crags the climbing season is fairly short and dependant upon the snowpack. Mid-summer to early fall is a sure bet with lighter snow years yielding more climbable months.

Routes here range in difficulty from 5.8 to 5.11c with the bulk of the routes being in the 5.10-5.11 range. Standouts here include D.D.D. (5.11a) on the Spring Crag and This Is The Meaning Of Life (5.11a) on the Stream Wall.

Getting There 

Park at the Lake George parking lot and start hiking on the Crystal Lake Trail. Hike uphill for several minutes until you reach some large water tanks and then leave the trail heading west. Cross over the ridgeline and then contour along the hillside following some metal pipes until you reach a stream. Head uphill where you'll see the Spring Crag. The approach takes 15-20 minutes if you hit it right.

There is a very good trail from the ridge to the stream. At the stream, look up and there is the Spring Crag. We missed it and ended up at the Wavy Gravy wall and had to backtrack to the Spring Crag.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.3 miles from here

40 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',16],['2 Stars',17],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Horseshoe Piles

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Horseshoe Piles:
Autumn Storm   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Wavy Gravy Wall
Tiger's Eye   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Spring Wall
D.D.D.   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Spring Wall
All Work No Spray   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 75'   Stream Wall
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By Bruce Willey
From: Bishop, CA
Sep 6, 2010
Cool little crag. Very much enjoyed the fine dining there and will continue to give it my patronage.

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