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Independence Peak Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 11,744'
Location: 36.76077, -118.33232 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Chris D on Sep 14, 2016
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Independence Peak from the campground at the end o...


Independence Peak is a fun half-day mountain just a short walk from the parking area at the end of Onion Valley Road outside of Independence. A good warm-up for your larger objective beyond Kearsarge Pass perhaps, but a worthy objective in its own right. A climber's mountain, Independence Peak has no walk-up route to the summit, which is reached by picking your way across a 100-yard ridgeline of broken rock with incredible exposure on either side.

Getting There 

Park in the day-use and backpacker lot, then walk into the campground and take the Robinson Lake trail to about 9,700 feet before leaving the trail to get to the mountain. Independence Peak is in full view to the southeast from the moment you begin walking until you get to the talus.

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Weather station 7.5 miles from here

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Rock Climbing Photo: Working our way along the north ridge of Independe...

North Ridge 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b  California : High Sierra : ... : Independence Peak
A great little Sierra scramble and climb, you can make what you want of the North Ridge. Gain the ridge on brushy talus north of the first rocky obvious outcropping and head south toward the summit. Staying on the ridge proper presents the usual challenges, but finding your way below the steep rocky summit ridge on the west side of the ridge is not too difficult.East of the ridge proper looked rocky and technical. We followed along the ridge top for a while, then dropped down on the west side of...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: The West Rib Descent
The West Rib Descent
Rock Climbing Photo: Descending the knife-edge summit ridge on Independ...
Descending the knife-edge summit ridge on Independ...

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