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Horsetail Falls Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 8,000'
Location: 37.76202, -119.12793 View Map  Incorrect?
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Horsetail Falls, besides the Roadside Ice, is one of the most reliable ice climbing areas in June Lake. Unless it is a very cold winter, the falls tend to still be flowing so the ice varies wildly in make-up and quality. It can range from cauliflower ice over a snow base to perfect baby-blue water ice. Usually, the quality is somewhere in between mid-winter.

Getting There 

At the end of the June Lake loop, where the winter closure starts, park near the power plant there. Hike through the power plant parking lot and find the tramline that climbs up towards the falls. Follow this until near the falls and then traverse over where practicable. In a low snow year, another viable option is to take the Agnew Lake trail from the Silver Lake trailhead up to the level of the falls and then traverse over.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.9 miles from here

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Classic Climbing Routes in Horsetail Falls

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Horsetail Falls:
Horsetail Falls   WI2-3     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 185'   
North Gully   WI2+     Trad, Ice, 3 pitches, 250'   
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Featured Route For Horsetail Falls
Rock Climbing Photo: The North Gully in a very low snowfall season. 1.1...

North Gully WI2+  California : Sierra Eastside : ... : Horsetail Falls
A fantastic route right next to Horsetail Falls that offers fun stepped ice climbing for a couple of short pitches. In heavy snowfall years, this climb can be completely covered and offers no real ice climbing. The ice is usually much better quality than neighboring Horsetail Falls because of a much smaller water flow.Some years the top does not form completely and a short and easy mixed step (M1-2) will lead to the top....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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