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Tamarack Lake Area Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: fossana on Jul 16, 2013
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Saber Ridge (center) then the Prizm just left and ...

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I first learned about the area from an AAJ writeup by Brandon Thau detailing several new lines on the Prism and the intriguing Saber Ridge. Guarded by a lengthy approach, it's unlikely you'll encounter a soul once you leave the High Sierra Trail. I found the rock quality to be surprisingly good for a rarely climbed backcountry area.

  • Number of water sources along the way even in July of a drought year.
  • Established campsites along the HST have bear boxes.
  • Bearpaw Meadows hosts a ranger station and High Sierra camp.

Red Tape
  • Backcountry permits are required for overnight travel.
  • As of July 2013 trailhead access by shuttle only late May to early Sep from 9am to 6pm. Check the NPS site for the latest update.
  • Bear restrictions in place. Please use the bear boxes.

Getting There 

From the Crescent Meadows trailhead take the long, mostly flat western terminus of the High Sierra Trail to Bearpaw Meadow (11.3 miles). Leave the HST and take the left signed dusty uphill trail toward Elizabeth Pass and Tamarack Lake (2.2 miles). The trail is overgrown, but for your trouble you'll be rewarded with spectacular views of Valhalla. Head north on a short connector toward Elizabeth Pass/Tamarack Lake. At the Elizabeth Pass split continue on toward Tamarack Lake to the destination of your choice. ~15 miles to the area

Climbing Season

Weather station 8.9 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Tamarack Lake Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Tamarack Lake Area:
Saber Ridge traverse, south to north   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 20 pitches   Saber Ridge
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Featured Route For Tamarack Lake Area
Rock Climbing Photo: view to the south with the Prism on the right

Saber Ridge traverse, south to north 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  California : Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP : ... : Saber Ridge
Being a ridge traverse there are many ways to go on some sections. Choose you own adventure. I found the most sustained part to be surmounting the first headwall.In relation to something like Matthes, it's longer, more sustained and more exposed....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

Photos of Tamarack Lake Area Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Prism - center (just left) Saber Ridge - center (j...
Prism - center (just left) Saber Ridge - center (j...
Rock Climbing Photo: Prism - lower left  Saber Ridge - center  Tamarack...
Prism - lower left Saber Ridge - center Tamarack...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mt Stewart and Tamarack Lake from the approach to ...
Mt Stewart and Tamarack Lake from the approach to ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mt Stewart (left) and Valhalla in evening light
Mt Stewart (left) and Valhalla in evening light
Rock Climbing Photo: Lone Pine Creek
Lone Pine Creek
Rock Climbing Photo: Castilleja sp. (Indian paintbrush)
Castilleja sp. (Indian paintbrush)
Rock Climbing Photo: more HST flowers
more HST flowers
Rock Climbing Photo: Epipactis gigantea (stream orchid)
Epipactis gigantea (stream orchid)
Rock Climbing Photo: HST flora
HST flora
Rock Climbing Photo: start (the first 11 miles are on the High Sierra t...
start (the first 11 miles are on the High Sierra t...
Rock Climbing Photo: Prism (center) and Saber Ridge (behind) on the app...
Prism (center) and Saber Ridge (behind) on the app...

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By J. Albers
From: Colorado
Jul 29, 2013
Nice entry Fossana. Wow, even though I know that the Sierra is jam-packed with an endless supply of truly amazing granite, every time I see sets of pictures like your's I am still dumbfounded. What an amazing place.
By fossana
From: leeds, ut
Nov 13, 2013
Thanks, J. I can't agree with you more on what an amazing place it is. I feel like I have only scratched the surface after 15+ years of climbing there.

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