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Patricia Bowl Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 10,600'
Location: 37.4631, -118.7459 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Greg Barnes on Dec 12, 2006
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The awesome, newly re-developed area for steep clean "sport" cracks (bolted face and tricky pro sections, and good bolted anchors). As close as you get to Indian Creek on eastern Sierra granite. High, north-facing, and cold - but great for hot summer days!

Getting There 

Head up Rock Creek Canyon for about 9 miles. You'll pass the turn off to Rock Creek Lodge and then the stables. Drive a little further and there will be a toilet on your left and then a long series of parking spots. Park here. Head back down the road for about 50 feet and there will be a sign for the "Hilton Lake" trail head.

Start up this trail for 5 minutes. Immediately at the fourth switchback there will be a trail heading into the woods to the West. Take this trail for about 15 minutes. When the trail ends start a gentle, rising traverse to the right on talus for 20-30 minutes. It's better to stay low on the big talus rather than deal with the scree and shin daggers up higher. Eventually the north facing crag will come into view.

About 45 minutes....

See Marty Lewis/John Moynier "Mammoth Area Rock Climbs" guidebook (3rd ed. 2004 - not in previous editions)

Climbing Season

Weather station 18.4 miles from here

29 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',14],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Patricia Bowl

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Patricia Bowl:
Living the Dream   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 140'   First Cliff
Boi-oi-oi-ing!   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 340'   Orange Pillar
Modern Trad   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   First Cliff
Tommy Boy   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Orange Pillar
Stoic Tree Arete   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   First Cliff, Left Tower.
Breathless Arete   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   First Cliff
Golden Flake   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   First Cliff
Flyin' High   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   First Cliff
Sons of Liberty   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   First Cliff
High Expectations   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Orange Pillar
Forces of Nature   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 115'   First Cliff
Freedom Fighter   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   First Cliff
Whiz Bang   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   First Cliff
Pie in the Sky   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   First Cliff
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Rock Climbing Photo: Orange Pillar. Boi-oi-oi-ing is the main crack spl...

Boi-oi-oi-ing! 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  California : Sierra Eastside : ... : Orange Pillar
P1 (5.10a): Climbs up the right side of a giant wedged block about 25 feet off the ground. Continue up double cracks to the highest ledge before the upper headwall. Bolted anchor at 85 feet.P2 (5.10a): Start out slightly up and left of the anchor and get ready for 165 feet of hand jamming! Generally there are two or three cracks to choose from. When in doubt, stay to the left. Bolted anchor.P3 (5.9): Not recommended due to loose rock and friable holds. If you do climb this, we left some...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: Looking west at the cirque from just above the lak...
Looking west at the cirque from just above the lak...
Rock Climbing Photo: How to get there in winter.
How to get there in winter.
Rock Climbing Photo: Preparing for the walk out of the Patricia Bowl
Preparing for the walk out of the Patricia Bowl
Rock Climbing Photo: Patricia bowl
Patricia bowl
Rock Climbing Photo: Sons, Breathless, and Pie
Sons, Breathless, and Pie
Rock Climbing Photo: Top of the first pitch of "Patricia Lake Grac...
Top of the first pitch of "Patricia Lake Grac...
Rock Climbing Photo: Stoic Tree Arete
Stoic Tree Arete
Rock Climbing Photo: Patricia Bowl. Photo by Blitzo.
Patricia Bowl. Photo by Blitzo.

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By david goldstein
Jul 3, 2007
This is an excellent area, esp when it's hot down in the valley. IMO, more reminiscent of The Needles than Indian Creek -- I don't believe we used more than two pieces of a given size on any single pitch.

Kudos to the first ascensionists etc, but I feel they were in general much too aggresive w/ the drill -- virtually every bolt on the climbs I did had a reasonable if small gear placement near by. For instance, the first bolt of Sons of Liberty is about one foot to the side of a solid green Alien placement.
By outdooreric
From: Bishop, CA
Jul 5, 2007
It reminds me of an alpine Cookie Cliff.
Some routes do seem to have bolts next to gear placements. The majority of the trad routes done after 2002 have no lead bolts whatsoever. We tried to buck that trend and establish routes ground up, on-site without any bolts (adding belay bolts later). Hopefully future first ascentionists will continue this ethic and only bolt when necessary.
By fubar
From: Babylon
Jan 6, 2013
If you are doing the routes at the first cliff please be careful not to lower/rap off the end of your rope! This has happened to multiple parties up here with a 60m.
By David Enloe
Jul 18, 2014
A friend and I lost a dog up in the Hilton/Davis Lakes area on July 16th. If anyone notices any sign of a lost, 90lb, black/brindle (white chest) hound dog roaming around in the woods, please call David at 305-333-8681. Any sign of him, however uncertain, will be much appreciated. Thanks everyone!
By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
Feb 29, 2016
In winter this is a fine "powder stash" backcountry skiing venue with a casual approach.
By Sean Maher
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Aug 12, 2016
Notes from this morning's confusion: while the toilet is on the left the parking area will be on your right, and the "stables" does not refer to the pack station. If you pass the pack station, you've gone too far. Also the climbing here is amazing and well worth the trip!
By Kevin Ross
From: San Francisco, CA
Jun 26, 2017
Was up in the Patricia Bowl area this weekend (6/25/2017) - all of the routes look dry but there's still 25 feet of snow at the base of Boi-oi-oi-ing (and many other routes), along with a somewhat sketchy bergschrund guarding the wall. We decided against trying to get on the route. If you are harder than us, it might be possible to cut steps down the bergschrund to access the route. Bring crampons! Sons of Liberty is good to go though.

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