Sierra Eastside Rock Climbing
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Mono Craters. Photo by Blitzo.
Where the high desert meets the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada. It's home to the mighty and expansive Owens Valley, the deepest in the lower 48, and one of the only known super volcanoes on the planet: The Long Valley Caldera, just south of Mammoth. The vistas are astounding, the weather is prime and the climbing is even better.
The Eastside offers an almost incomprehensible amount of clean, climbable rock, including sport climbing at Owens River Gorge
and Clark Canyon
, bouldering in the Buttermilks
and Happy Boulders
, and alpine climbing on 14,000' granite peaks. On rest days, soak your sore muscles and relax in the numerous natural hot springs... could this be paradise??
Mt. Williamson (14,389 ft.) rising over 10,000 feet from the valley floor
From Los Angeles, head north on Hwy 14 through the desert towns of Palmdale, Lancaster, and Mojave to join Hwy 395. The scenic 395 parallels the eastern Sierra through the Owens Valley from the L.A. basin to Reno. Lone Pine is the first "major" town (pop. 1,655) en route, and is the jumping off point for Mt. Whitney and other popular destinations in the John Muir Wilderness (see High Sierra
section). 60 miles north is the town of Bishop (pop. 3,575). Bishop was home of the late, renowned climber/photographer Galen Rowell, who, along with his wife Barbara, was killed August 11, 2002 in a small plane crash outside town. Rowell's gallery, the Mountain Light
, is located at 106 South Main Street in downtown Bishop.
First winter snows on Bear Creek Spire at sunrise
Weather station 4.9 miles from here
4,127 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',281],['3 Stars',1417],['2 Stars',1495],['1 Star',861],['Bomb',31]
Classic Climbing Routes in Sierra Eastside
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Sierra Eastside:
Featured Route For Sierra Eastside
Hellhound On My Trail 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b California
: Sierra Eastside
: ... : Bighorn Wall
This nice route is sort of in the middle of the wall.P1: Start up some easy blocks. Climb past 7 bolts and then traverse left across a gully to reach a bolted anchor below an overhang. This is mostly an approach pitch to get to the good climbing.P2: Lieback and jam around the overhang, finishing out a bulge on some questionable, but big, holds. Then follow the line of bolts up the nicely featured face to the anchors. A little loose in some spots, but overall a great pitch.Make 2 raps with one 70...[more] Browse More Classics in California
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