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McLeod Lake Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 9,300'
Location: 37.6076, -119.0282 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Euan Cameron on Aug 12, 2008
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Mammoth Crest from Macleod Lake.

Description 

This small wall is situated just East of McLeod lake over a small ridge on the downhill side. The climbs are all on good quality granite, although some are a little dirty.

The wall faces East and provides a shady place to climb in the summer, but the base of the wall can hold snow until late in June.

It provides a good alternative to Horseshoe Slabs, if that popular area is occupied.

Getting There 

From the town of Mammoth Lakes follow Main Street, and continue straight at the traffic lights onto Lake Mary Road. Follow this to its end, and park at the Horseshoe Lake parking lot.

From the parking lot take the trail heading towards McLeod Lake (South West). After about 200 yards at the Catch and Release sign take a faint trail on the left. After passing over some small rocks and a fallen tree, the trail becomes more obvious as it follows a buried water pipe (a concrete service cover will be passed after about 30 yards). Follow the buried pipe until a silver post with two yellow bands is reached. Here take a left fork and follow a faint drainage channel. Cross over a stream (normally dry by August), and continue left along the bottom of some broken rocks.

The main cliff band is soon reached. The prominent arete / overhang taken by The Gathering, is easily identified.

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.5 miles from here

12 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',3],['5.7',0],['5.8',2],['5.9',0],['5.10',6],['5.11',1],['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]


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Rock Climbing Photo: Trailhead sign for McLeod Lake, Mammoth Lakes Area
Trailhead sign for McLeod Lake, Mammoth Lakes Area
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Downded tree at McLeod Lake, Mammoth Lakes Basin
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Rock Climbing Photo: Mammoth Crest from McLeod Lake in late Spring.
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Rock Climbing Photo: Evening at McLeod Lake, Mammoth Lakes Basin
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Rock Climbing Photo: Far Right Slab Topo
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Rock Climbing Photo: Rightside Topo
BETA PHOTO: Rightside Topo
Rock Climbing Photo: A Topo for the Highlander section at McLeod Lake
BETA PHOTO: A Topo for the Highlander section at McLeod Lake
Rock Climbing Photo: Right end Topo
BETA PHOTO: Right end Topo
Rock Climbing Photo: A Topo for the Highlander section at McLeod Lake
BETA PHOTO: A Topo for the Highlander section at McLeod Lake
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Rock Climbing Photo: McLeod Lake on a perfect summers day
McLeod Lake on a perfect summers day
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The crag at McLeod Lake with Mammoth Mountain in t...

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By Eric A Beck
Mar 18, 2016
We visited last summer, using the approach described here. Here's a better and much simpler one:

Follow the trail to McLeod Lake. Walk South along the beach of the east shore 2/3 of the way. Turn due east, walk 50 yards and one will be at the top of the right hand end of the crag. Follow the use trail down to the climbing.