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Mt. Hitchcock Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 13,184'
Location: 36.55876, -118.31358 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: SirTobyThe3rd on Aug 1, 2016
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The trail below Mt. Hitchcock may be one of the most popular hiking trails in the range, yet the peak has seen minimal traffic from climbers. Only five routes are KNOWN to be established on the many buttresses spread across the long North-East Face of this peak. The summit views and the climbing on the few routes I sampled personally, is TOP NOTCH. Highly recommend this gem.

Getting There 

Depending on the itinerary the approach may vary.
The easiest way is from the Whitney Portal via the Mt. Whitney trail.
I would recommend taking a week off, getting a permit for the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek and hitting up the routes on Mt. Russell, EF of Whitney and maybe even Arctic Lake Wall on the same outing. Or a route on Russell and a few on Hitchcock can make a good four day weekend for the fit.
The psyche is what ultimately determines the itinerary! It is possible to c2c it too, for the REALLY psyched! But the area is so beautiful, I would stay for a while... :)

Climbing Season

Weather station 17.7 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

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Welcome to Krackizstan 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  California : High Sierra : ... : Mt. Hitchcock
One of the best multi-pitch crack climbs you will find anywhere! If you like varied crack climbing without much wide.1) Start the route at the low point of the buttress, below the big ledge you can walk around to. We scrambled a ways up to low 5th, setting up a belay on a nice ledge with a good horn to sling as the first placement. Continue climbing up good and moderate crack to a big ledge from which a wide corner with jamming in the back will take you to a good belay spot. 50 meters 5.102) Tra...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By C Brown
Aug 5, 2016
So Alfred's Tooth is the name of that formation. The 5.12 route is called Pleasure Garden.
By SirTobyThe3rd
Aug 10, 2016
C Brown, would be awesome if your friends or you could add a topo, aside from the overlay on the big trip report and a route description/rack beta. It looks like a cool buttress, the climb must of been fairly good? Scoty did not have much good to say about the two routes he put up with Gil, so I did not add those to this overlay, as I don't think he will add them. Alfred's Tooth looks BAD ASS!

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