For a great day out, or some awesome Alpine training, Crystal Crag has something to offer everyone. Very close to the town of Mammoth Lakes, Crystal Crag is a perfect one day alpine outing!
We do not schedule dates for this climb but we offer it on a custom private basis anytime. Click HERE for details and reservations.
II, 4th Class to 5.10
Crystal Crag is not much of an attraction to High Sierra peak baggers fixated on 14’ers and better known multi-day adventure climbs, but anyone with an ounce of mountain climbing spirit will want to climb this craggy spire on first sight from Lake George in the Mammoth Lakes Basin. The traverse from North to South is an outstanding alpine ridge climb and a rare Sierra gem so close to the trailhead. Aside from the lofty, exposed climbing, the highlight is the “crystal pitch” that climbs up a beautiful white quartz dike to gain the ridge crest.
There are many possible beginnings on this climb to suit many levels of climbing ability. The most popular are the 5.8 and 5.5 starts, but there are easier and harder variations for all abilities. For those with extra energy, we can add on a few pitches of fun and challenging sport climbing on the Northeast side of the mountain before or after the traverse. A great day out for any level and makes an excellent training peak. Try climbing it in winter too for an outstanding classic mixed alpine training day!