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Mammoth Lakes Area Rock Climbing 


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Description 

Mammoth Lakes is primarily a summer and fall climbing area. All types of climbing can be found here from short sport routes on volcanic tuff, to medium length alpine routes on perfect granite. Mammoth Lakes has a bit of everything for everybody.

Depending on the snow fall of the previous winter climbing begins generally in late April and May, and continues through until November (depending on Snow fall). Some of the bouldering areas closer to the 395 are open all year around.

Crystal Crag is a fine example of the granite crags, while Clark Canyon is the best of the tuff sport crags.

The Mammoth area covers a fair amount of climbing stretching from Rock Creek in the south, all the way to Matrimony Wall, in the north.

Rock Climbing Photo: The Minarets, Mt Ritter and Banner from the slopes...
The Minarets, Mt Ritter and Banner from the slopes above Mammoth Lakes.

Getting There 

Mammoth Lakes sits 3.5 miles west of the 395 along the 203, about 40 minutes North of Bishop.

Climbing Season



Weather station 0.2 miles from here

1,125 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',55],['3 Stars',294],['2 Stars',427],['1 Star',334],['Bomb',6]
['<=5.6',27],['5.7',29],['5.8',59],['5.9',65],['5.10',186],['5.11',94],['5.12',45],['5.13',2],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',365],['V2-3',54],['V4-5',64],['V6-7',36],['V8-9',21],['V10-11',5],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Mammoth Lakes Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Mammoth Lakes Area:
Weapon of Choice   V4 6B     Boulder, 14'   Rock Creek Bouldering : Campground Boulder
North Arête   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches   Crystal Crag : North Arete
Rock Candy   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Area 13 : Area 13 - Center
Ugly, Fat, Mean, Come to Mammoth, Be a Queen   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch   Area 13 : Area 13 - Left Side
Bodhisattva   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Area 13 : Area 13 - Left Side
Little Gem   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Horseshoe Lake Area : Sunshine Wall
Wild Will's Arete   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 115'   Area 13 : Area 13 - Left Side
Digit Delight   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport   Area 13 : Area 13 - Left Side
Boi-oi-oi-ing!   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 340'   Patricia Bowl : Orange Pillar
Cromagnon   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Dike Wall : East Face
Modern Trad   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Patricia Bowl : First Cliff
Pull My Finger   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 3 pitches, 190'   Main Island : Stoned Wheat Thin Cliff
Sideshow   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 100'   Rock Creek : Gong Show Wall
Black Dihedral   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Dike Wall : East Face
Borrowing From Tradition   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Area 13 : Area 13 - Left Side
He She   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 130'   Rock Creek : Gong Show Wall
Wages of Skin   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 80'   Rock Creek : Gong Show Wall
Black Lassie   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Dike Wall : East Face
Driller Instinct   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   Main Island : Stoned Wheat Thin Cliff
Sons of Liberty   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Patricia Bowl : First Cliff
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Featured Route For Mammoth Lakes Area
Rock Climbing Photo: Tyler L. at the crux of 'Distance of Man'

Distance of Man 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  California : Sierra Eastside : ... : Looking Wall
Climb the small dihedral in the middle of the cliff. As the dihedral finished make a couple of moves up right before a good sequence of moves finds you below a small overlap on the left of the arete.The clip above the overlap isn't easy, but after you have it clipped you can make the crux moves up to the right.The remainder of the climb is steep, but on positive holds.A good sustained route....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

Photos of Mammoth Lakes Area Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Rainbow Falls, near Mammoth Mountain and Devil's P...
Rainbow Falls, near Mammoth Mountain and Devil's P...
Rock Climbing Photo: Crystal Crag
Crystal Crag
Rock Climbing Photo: The Minarets, Mt Ritter and Mt Banner from the slo...
The Minarets, Mt Ritter and Mt Banner from the slo...
Rock Climbing Photo: Clouds over Mammoth Mountain and the Minarets, Sie...
Clouds over Mammoth Mountain and the Minarets, Sie...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Minarets, Mt Ritter and Banner from the slopes...
The Minarets, Mt Ritter and Banner from the slopes...
Rock Climbing Photo: Ominous stormy skies above Mammoth Rock.
Ominous stormy skies above Mammoth Rock.
Rock Climbing Photo: Mammoth Mountain from the Duck Pass Trail
Mammoth Mountain from the Duck Pass Trail
Rock Climbing Photo: Mammoth Crest from Macleod Lake.
Mammoth Crest from Macleod Lake.
Rock Climbing Photo: Boat dock at Lake George, Mammoth Lakes Basin
Boat dock at Lake George, Mammoth Lakes Basin
Rock Climbing Photo: Storm clouds gather over Mt Ritter, scene from the...
Storm clouds gather over Mt Ritter, scene from the...
Rock Climbing Photo: Wildflowers on Panorama Dome with the Mammoth Cres...
Wildflowers on Panorama Dome with the Mammoth Cres...
Rock Climbing Photo: On the way to Sky Meadows, Mammoth Lakes Basin
On the way to Sky Meadows, Mammoth Lakes Basin
Rock Climbing Photo: Mammoth area skyline.  From left to right:  Mammot...
Mammoth area skyline. From left to right: Mammot...
Rock Climbing Photo: Try Floating Rock Hefe Weizen. Photo by Blitzo.
Try Floating Rock Hefe Weizen. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Mt Morrison catching the last rays of sun
Mt Morrison catching the last rays of sun
Rock Climbing Photo: Lake Barrett, Mammoth Lakes Basin
Lake Barrett, Mammoth Lakes Basin
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset
Sunset
Rock Climbing Photo: Summer at Mammoth Mountain, Mammoth Lakes Area
Summer at Mammoth Mountain, Mammoth Lakes Area
Rock Climbing Photo: Year-round fun
Year-round fun
Rock Climbing Photo: Typical scenery along the trail to Crystal Crag, M...
Typical scenery along the trail to Crystal Crag, M...
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunrise from parking lot at Clark Canyon.
Sunrise from parking lot at Clark Canyon.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset over Mammoth
Sunset over Mammoth
Rock Climbing Photo: Paranoid Pale Ale. Photo by Blitzo.
Paranoid Pale Ale. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Epic IPA from Mammoth Brewing. Photo by Blitzo.
Epic IPA from Mammoth Brewing. Photo by Blitzo.

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By stephane Desbiens
From: sherbrooke
Dec 27, 2015
is there any guidebook for this area ?
By J. Albers
From: Colorado
Dec 27, 2015
^^^^ Stephane,

here is the guidebook for the area:

maximuspress.com/shop/proddeta...

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