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Twin Owls Rock Climbing 

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Location: 38.789, -120.2426 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Justin Johnsen on Apr 22, 2013
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A pair of little spires sitting side by side. This area gets much less traffic than the big spires. The west twin has a couple of accessible 5.8 lines, and both have harder routes as well.

Routes, left to right.

West twin (climber's left).
  • Unnamed 5.8 (TR only)
  • Unnamed 5.8 (sport, 4 bolts to two hangars)
  • Unknown narrow chimney
  • Unknown route, 5.10a-ish (mixed sport-trad crack and 2 bolts to anchor with chains on top of the formation)

East twin (climber's right).
  • Unnamed 5.11a (sport, 3 bolts to anchor with chains)

Getting There 

From the parking lot, take the main trail towards the ever-visible middle spire. Take the first side trail on the left going downhill. Follow it past the twin owls formation, then wind around below them to the right.

Climbing Season

For the Phantom Spires area.

Weather station 12.1 miles from here

1 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Rock Climbing Photo: The west Twin Owl, south face. Unnamed 5.8s go up ...

Unnamed 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  California : Lake Tahoe : ... : Twin Owls
Short but sweet face route with four bolts over 30 feet or so.The narrow (but larger than a squeezer) chimney to the right can be incorporated into the face moves, or climbed on its own.A class 4 scramble to the left of this route gets you to the anchor area, which gives access to this route, and the other unnamed 5.8 toprope-only route to its left....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By David Gibbs
From: Ottawa, ON
Oct 5, 2013
I climbed the "Unknown route, unknown grade (mixed sport-trad crack and 2 bolts to anchor with chains on top of the formation)" on TR. It felt like about 5.10a to me. Crux was the lower section.
By Justin Johnsen
From: Nor Cal
Oct 25, 2013
Thanks David, put your gradestimate in the area description.

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