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The Serpent's Tooth Rock Climbing 

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Location: 36.5515, -118.58251 View Map  Incorrect?
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BETA PHOTO: Approach from Hamilton Lake

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One of the Needles-like spires on the same ridge line as Hamilton dome. Collectively called the Hamilton Towers by Secor. This particular one hosts a short north face that was likely climbed in 1953 by the rock climbing section of the Sierra Club. The south face is very impressive and has been seen by very few people. Amazing backcountry granite!

Getting There 

For the south face (WWC), It is necessary to access the Eagle Scout Creek drainage, one drainage south of Hamilton Lakes/Valhalla.

We did this from upper hamilton lake, leaving the trail very near camp in the vicinity of the pit toilet. Up and over the pass just east of the Serpent's Tooth. See approach photo

Apparently, approaching Eagle Scout Creek Drainage directly from the bottom of it in the vicinity of Bearpaw Meadow is also possible. See overview map in the main area page

Climbing Season

For the Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP area.

Weather station 8.7 miles from here

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Wild West Crack 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a  California : Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP : ... : The Serpent's Tooth
Obvious leaning splitter system. Burly crack climbing in a truly amazing settingP1 - After roping up when the approach gets steep, gain the obvious balcony type ledge at the bottom of the splitter. Working to it from the right seemed the safest. One bolt + #2 anchor on top of ledge. P2 - Boulder problem start leads to a long crack/ramp/corner. Climb past a couple bolts and gain a nice ledge. (5.11 50m)P3 - Continue up corner to a stance (5.10+ 30m)P4 - Continue up corner to a blocky area at the ...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: In Eagle Scout creek drainage. South faces of Hami...
In Eagle Scout creek drainage. South faces of Hami...
Rock Climbing Photo: South Face, wild west crack the obvious line. Vita...
South Face, wild west crack the obvious line. Vita...

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