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Blacksmith T 
Cowpuncher T,TR 
Giddy Up! S,TR 
Horseman S 
Rodeo Rider T 
Unknown 1 TR 
Unknown 10 TR 
Unknown 2 TR 
Unknown 4 TR 
Unknown 5 TR 
Unknown 6 TR 
Unknown 7 S 
Unknown 8 TR 
Unknown 9 TR 
Wrangler S 

Horseshoe Slabs Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 9,000'
Location: 37.6057, -119.0216 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Aron Quiter, Euan Cameron, AWinters, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Euan Cameron on Jan 28, 2007
You & This Area
Best climbs for YOU in this area
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Horseshoe Lake with Mammoth Mountain in the backgr...


This is a small East Facing cliff at the southern end of Horseshoe Lake.

Many of the routes are top roped, but there are a few bolted climbs, and a limited amount of slab boulder problems.

It is a good area for families and beginners.

Also if you have 4 legged friends its ideal, since Horseshoe Lake is one of the more popular places for locals to take their dogs for a walk.

Getting There 

From the town of Mammoth Lakes follow Main Street, and continue straight at the traffic lights onto Lake Mary Road. Follow this to its end, and park at the Horseshoe Lake parking lot.

Hike south along the west side of the lake, until an obvious granite buttress is reached. The climbs are all found here.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.3 miles from here

15 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Horseshoe Slabs

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Horseshoe Slabs:
Horseman   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Featured Route For Horseshoe Slabs
Rock Climbing Photo: Blacksmith, 5.8

Blacksmith 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c California : Sierra Eastside : ... : Horseshoe Slabs
Face climbing up a slab immediately left of a polished, white intrusion. At about 30', you'll encounter the lone (and sketchy) bolt....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: A lone tree stands proud on the shoreline of Horse...
A lone tree stands proud on the shoreline of Horse...
Rock Climbing Photo: Dead trees and survivor in the Ghost Forest, Horse...
Dead trees and survivor in the Ghost Forest, Horse...
Rock Climbing Photo: Ghost Forest and Mammoth Crest from Horseshoe Lake...
Ghost Forest and Mammoth Crest from Horseshoe Lake...
Rock Climbing Photo: Far right slab (Horseshoe Slabs)
BETA PHOTO: Far right slab (Horseshoe Slabs)
Rock Climbing Photo: Ranger's Buttons (Sphenosciadium capitellatum), Ma...
Ranger's Buttons (Sphenosciadium capitellatum), Ma...
Rock Climbing Photo: Right Section, Blacksmith takes the right arete
BETA PHOTO: Right Section, Blacksmith takes the right arete
Rock Climbing Photo: Right section (left part).
BETA PHOTO: Right section (left part).
Rock Climbing Photo: Left section in profile
BETA PHOTO: Left section in profile
Rock Climbing Photo: Left Section - Wrangler and Horseman go up the cen...
BETA PHOTO: Left Section - Wrangler and Horseman go up the cen...
Rock Climbing Photo: Far left section
BETA PHOTO: Far left section

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By Euan Cameron
From: Mammoth Lakes
Aug 21, 2007
Only a few of the routes have names recorded, so I have listed the lines from left to right Unknown1, Unknown2, etc.

Although they don't have any names some of these routes give good climbing.
By Worster than you
From: Lafayette, CA
Aug 21, 2013
Really a great starting area for kids. 10 minutes on the nose from town. 10 minutes on the nose if you walk normally to the base. Right off the trail. 5.4 TR is easy as pie to set up and you can make 3 variations from there. If your plans go astray (as will happen with young climbers), no big deal, you haven't invested that much and you can go play at all the lakes.
By kenr
Aug 15, 2014
In the 4th edition print guidebook, this crag with these routes is called
Horseshoe Slabs Right side.
. (there are five other routes not listed here on MP on
. . Horseshoe Slabs Left side, about 35 yards up the hill)

About 0.5 mile / 0.9km gentle walk from Parking (GPS lat long ~ N37.6129 W119.0208) by the N end of Horseshoe Lake.
Toilets at parking, but we did not see any bear-proof food storage containers (as of 2014).

Directions: From the Parking, start south on a wide straight dirt mountain-bike trail following about 50 yards/meters from the west shore of Horseshoe Lake. After about 0.25 mile / 400m cross the first bridge. Trail gets narrower and curvier, more bridges. After another 0.25 mile / 400m, the 7th bridge has some additional curved wood supporting below one side. Just across it on R side is a rock face about 20-30 feet high. Another 20 yards/meters, turn off trail to Right side, and another 20-30 yards/meters to the cliff (GPS lat long ~ N37.6056 W119.0214).

Access to top of cliffs:
  • around Left end of Left half (of H.S. Right side) is at least class 4
  • between the Left and Right halves (of H.S. Right side) is around 5.2
  • around Right end of Right half is class 2 (or a shorter way class 3)

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