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Mayfield Canyon Towers Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,500'
Location: 37.45324, -118.65126 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Richard Shore on Oct 19, 2015
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BETA PHOTO: The beautiful Mayfield Canyon Towers


The "Pink Band" of rock along the Wheeler Crest, north of the Rabbit Ears & Wells Peak approximately 2 miles. Fantastic rock quality on many of these 300-1000' faces, with a couple dozen routes varying from II 5.4 to IV 5.10+. From bottom right to upper left as one approaches: Bedrock Tower, Tower of Babel (wall immediately above Bedrock), Soaring Eagle Tower, and Hot Tuna Tower. One or two additional unnamed smaller towers exist above Hot Tuna, as well as the impressive Neptune Tower, which is best approached from Wells Canyon.

Getting There 

Excellent driving directions exist in the Croft/Lewis Bishop Area Rock Climbs guide. High-clearance vehicles are recommended for the final stretch of rocky road leading to the base of the crest; 4 wheel drive did not seem necessary.

Two approach options exist:
1) boulder-hop and bushwhack straight up Mayfield Canyon. This was the old approach as presented in the Bartlett Eastside guide.

2) Switchback directly up the steep sandy face to gain the ridgeline which borders the canyon on its E side. Locate a spot to drop into the canyon when you're across and almost past the Bedrock Tower. Fit and fast parties can expect 1.5 hours approach to Bedrock, 2 hours to Soaring Eagle, and 2.5 hours to Hot Tuna.

Pants are nice for either approach!

Climbing Season

For the Bishop Area area.

Weather station 16.4 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Mayfield Canyon Towers

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Mayfield Canyon Towers:
Knob Job   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a R     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 400'   Soaring Eagle Tower
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Featured Route For Mayfield Canyon Towers
Rock Climbing Photo: Amy Ness starting up P1 of Violet Green IV 5.10+

Violet Green 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  California : Sierra Eastside : ... : Hot Tuna Tower
A fantastic and varied line straight up the sweeping central buttress on Hot Tuna Tower. A healthy sandbag at 5.9 by the first ascent party; modern climbers seem to find terrain no easier than 5.10c.P1) Runout slab up to the big right-leaning corner. It is probably best to stop and belay at the base of the corner. We linked with the corner above for a long 60M pitch, and rope drag sucked. 5.9RP2) Right leaning corner that varies from tips to hands, belay on a large flake/block above. 5...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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