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Left Hand of Darkness

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Left Hand of Darkness - E. Face 
Left Hand of Darkness - West Face 

Left Hand of Darkness Rock Climbing 


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Location: 34.02858, -116.17855 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: C Miller on May 21, 2008
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Description 

The Left Hand of Darkness is conveniently located at the intersection of Quail Springs Road and the Ranger Station Road - the one used to access the Lost Horse Wall.

The East Face sits right off the road and is home to mostly moderate cracks and faces up to 5.10+.

The West Face has a more secluded feel and offers a good concentration of routes in the 5.11 range.

Getting There 

Park in the small lot at the intersection of Quail Springs Road (paved) and the dirt Ranger Station Road.

East Face approach: A short trail leads from the parking lot to the rock. The approach takes about 1-2 minutes.

West Face approach: Hike down the road, skirting the north end of the formation to reach a trail heading south which leads to the base of the west face. Note: some scrambling is required to reach some of the routes making this not a kid-friendly area. The approach takes about 5 minutes or less.

Climbing Season



Weather station 9.9 miles from here

28 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',14],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',4],['5.7',3],['5.8',4],['5.9',1],['5.10',8],['5.11',7],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Left Hand of Darkness

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Left Hand of Darkness:
Granny Goose   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Left Hand of Darkness - E. ...
Middle Hand of Darkness   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 35'   Left Hand of Darkness - E. ...
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