Owen's River Gorge
Eastern Sierra Rock Climbing
The Eastern Sierra is a hugely diverse rock climbing playground. You can be climbing granite cracks in the morning and pulling on volcanic pockets in the afternoon. Sunny skies, perfect temps, and the best rock in the world- you'll see why we love climbing on the Eastside. In our Eastern Sierra program you can choose your destination or have us decide what's best for you. There is a lot to choose from and here are some popular favorites:
This formation overlooks the Mammoth Lakes Basin and is a great introduction to Sierra alpine climbing. The route follows a clean natural line to a beautiful, exposed rib of quartz crystal that highlights the summit. This is not only an interesting geologic formation but a great climb.
This climbing area east and north of Mammoth Lakes about 45 minutes offers fun, moderate, single pitch climbing for the whole family. Most routes range from 5.5 to 5.10 with lots of volcanic tuff pockets that resemble a jungle gym. Kids do well here and the whole family or larger groups can enjoy a relaxing day at the crag with only a ten minute hike from the car and numerous routes for everyone to enjoy with wonderful views of the Sierra. It is a great place to learn to rock climb. There is also good, free camping nearby under cottonwoods and aspen trees that are beautiful in the fall.
Owens River Gorge
This is the sport climbing Mecca of the Eastern Sierra with long, challenging routes rating from 5.7 to 5.13. The climbs ascend vertical or gently overhanging volcanic tuff with holds ranging from rounded edges to pockets, crimps and plates. The best seasons are the spring and fall, yet winter can be warm in the sun and the summer cool in the shade. The Owens River, which was dammed by Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and has now been restored supports a lively riparian habitat including good fishing and birding. The sound of the gurgling river and the sweet song of the Canyon Wren, while getting pumped makes the glory of the Gorge.
The Whitney portal is often overlooked as a climbing area. Overshadowed by Mt. Whitney it’s easy to miss these classic granite climbs. Premier Buttress is a great tune up climb for the East Buttress or East Face of Whitney. You could easily spend a week here and only scratch the surface.
Iris Slab, Gong Show, Patricia Bowl, these are only a few the offerings that Rock Creek boasts. If you love splitter granite and endless face climbs you have to check rock creek out and much much more!!!!