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Lower Falls

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Blocks, The T 
Chimney Swift T,TR 
Eagle T 
Eagle's Talon TR 
Escape Route T 
Ride of the Valkyries T 
Ruppell's Vulture T 
Rusty Piton T,TR 
Twilight of the Gods T,TR 
Unnamed 5.9 T 

Lower Falls Rock Climbing 


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Location: 35.96965, -117.90927 View Map  Incorrect?
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View of the east side of the lower falls at dusk

Description 

A south facing cirque below the lower falls. This area offers climbs roughly twice as tall as the upper falls, and includes the area classics, Ride of the Valkyries, and Twilight of the Gods.
The lower falls area sees less climbing traffic, and less lookie-lues then the upper falls.
Most of the climbs are top ropes or stiff traditional leads. If leading be advised that there is a band of less then quality rock that runs horizontally around the area at the ground level of the upper falls.
Bolts, with hangers only, exist at the top of many of the routes and are in various states of usefulness.

  • There is some debate as to where the property line between Fossil Falls and the Little Lakes Ranch is. As such avoid venturing any farther down stream form the lower falls then you need to.

Getting There 

follow the trail from the parking lot to the upper falls, then continue south above the canyon on the west side, look for a class 3 scramble down to the lower falls area.

or do some 5th class down climbing on the east side of the lower falls cliff face.

Climbing Season

For the Sierra Eastside area.

Weather station 11.5 miles from here

10 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',4],['5.10',2],['5.11',3],['5.12',0],['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]


Featured Route For Lower Falls
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up at Ride of the Valkyries

Ride of the Valkyries 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b  California : Sierra Eastside : ... : Lower Falls
Climb the left facing corner to the back of the roof, work your way out to the lip of the roof, regain your balance and climb to the intermediate anchors on the ledge (40ft)From the follow the crack up and right passing old fixed gear, and continue up easy terrain to rim, OR go back left up the wide crack, then further left along the diagonal thin hands crack to the rim directly over the start of the climb....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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