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Bear Creek Spire

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Elevation: 13,713'
Location: 37.3681, -118.767 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Chris Owen, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: Chris Owen on Mar 13, 2006
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Bear Creek Spire from the southwest at "L"
Lake.

Description 

This fantastic rock peak dominates Little Lakes Valley and has at least four high-quality routes to its name. Another High Sierra prerequisite summit.


Getting There 

From 395 at Tom's Place drive west to Mosquito Flats. Hike along Little Lakes Valley trail to Long Lake, then follow a faint trail up to either Treasure Lakes or before reaching those lakes cut left and up to the desolate Dade Lake (4.25 miles, 1,300 feet of elevation gain).


Climbing Season


3 Total Routes


['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',2],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Bear Creek Spire:
Northeast Ridge   Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c     Trad, Alpine   
North Arete   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 1000'   
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Mike and Tony pose on top of the large tower low on the route.

Northeast Ridge Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c  CA : High Sierra : Bear Creek Spire
An excellent scramble on solid granite, with spectacular views along the summit ridge.Start at the low point on the ridge (Peppermint Pass) and follow its crest, at first low angle, pass the large tower on the left and begin to climb steeper rock, using whatever weakness you can find, generally stay left of the ridge itself (which is soon joined by the North Arete). Below the summit ridge the rock is quite steep and you may want to use a rope. Gain the summit ridge and follow it to the required...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Bear Creek Spire Slideshow Add Photo
The Spire (left of center) seen from Heart Lake
The Spire (left of center) seen from Heart Lake
The Spire from a frozen Long Lake
The Spire from a frozen Long Lake
Three routes on Bear Creek Spire.
BETA PHOTO: Three routes on Bear Creek Spire.
The Spire in profile.
The Spire in profile.
Summit panorama north - October.
BETA PHOTO: Summit panorama north - October.
The hike up the boulder field. What a view!
The hike up the boulder field. What a view!
Chris en route to BCS
Chris en route to BCS
Brad and Scott view the route before we start the climb.
BETA PHOTO: Brad and Scott view the route before we start the ...
Bear Creek Spire at dusk.
Bear Creek Spire at dusk.
Summit panorama south - October.
BETA PHOTO: Summit panorama south - October.
BCS in profile, as seen on descent
BCS in profile, as seen on descent
The Spire from a distance
BETA PHOTO: The Spire from a distance
Bear Creek Spire and Dade Lake.
Bear Creek Spire and Dade Lake.
First light on Bear Creek Spire
First light on Bear Creek Spire
John performs the summit mantle.
John performs the summit mantle.
BCS from a slightly different perspective
BCS from a slightly different perspective
The seldom-seen south face of Bear Creek Spire, from Lake Italy, west of Italy Pass.
The seldom-seen south face of Bear Creek Spire, fr...
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By M.Morley
Administrator
From: Sacramento, CA
Aug 20, 2007

Allow approximately 4 hours for the approach if hiking at a fairly moderate pace. If you plan to climb car-to-car, count on a "Grade IV" day.

By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 27, 2007

Galen Rowell's name will forever be associated with this peak. He was on the first ascent of the N Arete, S Face and also a different route on the South Face, solo. The latter was completed in 24 hours, car to car, including a 40 mile bike ride to get between trailheads! He also climbed it in winter.

By PumpkinEater
From: Sacramento
Jul 23, 2010

The story of Rowell jumping on his stashed road bike after doing a solo FA of the S. Face of Bear Creek is one of the most inspiring pieces of Sierra-lore there is. Very cool.