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Mt. Crocker Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 12,458'
Location: 37.48278, -118.82488 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Chris Owen on Sep 14, 2015
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Looking west from Big McGee Lake.


This peak lies on the main crest north of the sublime Pioneer Basin, at it's head, surprisingly the main crest here runs east to west, with Crocker's West Ridge even running southwards a little.

The peak has a couloir on its north face (Northwest Chute) which has 60 degree snow. The West Ridge, coming up a snow bowl from the north is a fine scramble in early season.

Getting There 

The peak itself can be accessed from two directions, one north and one south. The southern approach comes out of Pioneer Basin, which is reached over Mono Pass, trailhead is Mosquito Flats, Rock Creek.

The northern approach starts at the McGee Creek trailhead, and heads south to good camp sites around Big McGee Lake. This is a long hike, and quite flat at the start, following the canyon south towards the beckoning high tree-filled bowl and peaks behind it. After a creek crossing there's a long uphill section which will get your attention until it levels off and from there you cross meadow like terrain and up benches to Big McGee Lake (2600 feet elevation gain from the trailhead).

Climbing Season

For the High Sierra area.

Weather station 13.5 miles from here

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An easy Class 2 scramble from the col (11,700+) to the west of the peak.Getting to the col can be more of an adventure, and best tackled in early season when it becomes a fun (especially to descend) snow bowl. From Big McGee Lake head east and up to Crocker Lake beneath the col (10,914) then the long moderate slope to the col, just before the col there's a steeper gully section cutting through the steeper rock, head up steeper snow or exposed ledges until you can cut left, and up the gully to th...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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