Spring Wall Rock Climbing
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Spring Wall Left, Mammoth Lakes Area
This, the first wall you encounter on the approach, is easily identified by the striking corner system of D.D.D.
(5.11a) and home to a nice collection of a dozen or so routes from 5.8 to 5.12a. The left side is a bit steeeper while the right is slabby with a nice concentration of routes.
Park at the Lake George parking lot and start hiking on the Crystal Lake Trail. After hiking uphill for about 10 minutes some large water tanks will come into view - leave the main trail and head for these where you'll pick up another trail. Cross over the ridgeline and then contour along the hillside via a good trail that follows some water pipes until you reach a a fork in the trail (stay left) and the crag will quickly come into view. The left side of the Spring Wall is the first rock you'll encounter. The approach takes 15-20 minutes if you hit it right.
Climbing Season For the Horseshoe Piles area.
Weather station 4.4 miles from here
10 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Spring Wall
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Spring Wall:
Tiger's Eye 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
D.D.D. 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Featured Route For Spring Wall
D.D.D. 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c California
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: ... : Spring Wall
Easy but unprotected slab gains the first bolt about 25' up, after which two more bolts of face lead up and left (crux) into the dihedral which requires a deft blend of stemming and face climbing. The climbing eases near the top and concludes with a short section of perfect hands (2.5" piece optional). ...[more] Browse More Classics in California
BETA PHOTO: Edge of Freedom Topo
BETA PHOTO: Main wall central Topo
BETA PHOTO: Spring Wall Left Topo
BETA PHOTO: Spring Wall main slab topo
The Spring Wall from below, Mammoth Lakes Basin
By Brian Chastain
Jun 8, 2015
Is it just me or are all these routes more like 70'
Aug 3, 2015
(N37.6022 W119.0185) or (37.6022, -119.0185) is the approximate latitude longitude I got from my GPS, two measurements separated by six hours.
Another way to approach is to start up the Crystal Lake trail, and continue on it past the water tanks (lat long ~ N37.6043 W119.0145). Above the cabins the trail climbs moderately along the SouthEast (left) side of the ridge with glimpses of Lake George. Then the trail bears right slightly (away from Lake George) and goes flat for about 100 meters. Before the trail turns sharp left, see a faint trail forking right (N37.6025 W119.0165). Follow that about 175 meters gentle West to the Spring Wall.
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the Lewis print guidebook says that some of the Horseshoe Piles crags were originally used for top-roping, and that most of the bolts were added only after 2000.
We set up Top-Ropes from some of the two-bolt or two-chain anchors on Spring Wall. We felt comfortable reaching only some of them with unprotected climbing moves. Some of the top anchors are set in the steeper rock below the slopy area above (with gentler rock slabs and dirt and vegetation).
We reached those top anchors by scrambing up around the Right (west) side of cliff. (We didn't try the Left side). Glad we had approach shoes with sticky climbing rubber. The top area is fairly slopy, so be careful of slipping off (and be careful not to dislodge loose rocks + dirt).