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Elevation: 10,100'
Location: 37.592, -119.0141 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Euan Cameron on Jun 26, 2007
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The Mammoth Crest and Crystal Crag at sunset

Description 

Crystal Crag is easily seen from almost any point within the Mammoth Lakes basin. Its rocky form tops out at 10,364ft. There are a number of climbing options available. There are a couple of climbs that go all the way to the summit. However, some of the best climbing is found along the North East base of the peak.

The rock along the base is good quality granite, with many dikes and knobs.

The cliffs get early morning sun, and are blissfully sheltered from the strong summer sun, for most of the day.


Getting There 

Park at the Lake George parking lot and start hiking on the Crystal Lake Trail. After about 20 mins a sign to Crystal Lake is seen. Hang a left at the sign and follow the trail down to the lake. Follow the trail around the lake and after about 100 yards, take the climbers trail on the left. Follow this until you reach the base of the cliff. The approach takes about 45 minutes.


20 Total Routes


['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',4],['5.7',1],['5.8',0],['5.9',5],['5.10',7],['5.11',3],['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 Crystal Crag:
North ArÍte   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches   North Arete
Aretes of Crystal Crag direct   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, Alpine, 1300'   alpine / multi-pitch
Macallan   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Highlands Wall
Cragganmore   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Highlands Wall
Springbank   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Highlands Wall
But I Don't Drink Scotch   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Highlands Wall
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Springbank (5.10a) takes the obvious line just left of center of the slabby wall, up the vertical dike.

Springbank 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a  CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : Highlands Wall
Climb up the slabby wall on nobs and dike. The technical crux is at 2/3 height. Continue on up the wall until a move left then back right brings you below hanging flake.The finishing moves up and over the flake are classic....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Crystal Crag Slideshow Add Photo
Crystal Crag catching the last rays of the sun on a perfect Eastside Day.
Crystal Crag catching the last rays of the sun on ...
The view from the base of Crystal Crag, with the Mammoth Lakes below and Mammoth Mountain to the left.
The view from the base of Crystal Crag, with the M...
the crag from the approach trail
the crag from the approach trail
You'll reach this sign after about 25 minutes of walking.
BETA PHOTO: You'll reach this sign after about 25 minutes of w...
Crystal crag trailhead.
BETA PHOTO: Crystal crag trailhead.
Mammoth Lakes basin from the base of Crystal Crag
Mammoth Lakes basin from the base of Crystal Crag
5-September-2009: Me leading the North Face (5.8) <br /> <br />pic by Laura Molnar
5-September-2009: Me leading the North Face (5.8)
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Crystal Crag from Lake George Parking Lot.   Highland Wall is clearly visible in the bottom right.
BETA PHOTO: Crystal Crag from Lake George Parking Lot. Highl...
Crystal Crag from Lake Barrett
Crystal Crag from Lake Barrett
Climbing at Crystal Crag, Sierra Eastside
Climbing at Crystal Crag, Sierra Eastside
Weathered tree on the hike up to Crystal Crag, Mammoth Lakes Basin.
Weathered tree on the hike up to Crystal Crag, Mam...
Cool boulder on the approach, Crystal Crag
Cool boulder on the approach, Crystal Crag
Here ye, here ye: on this day, sporto's shall climb outta da snow.  Belayers sit inna bergschrund. <br /> <br />In other words...Cody, me, and Rico having a ball!!! <br /> <br />Photo by Karsten <br /> <br />July 2010
Here ye, here ye: on this day, sporto's shall clim...
The last bit of the approach to Crystal Crag, Sierra Eastside
The last bit of the approach to Crystal Crag, Sier...
Approaching the North Arete in a heavy snow year.
Approaching the North Arete in a heavy snow year.
Crystal Crag from Lake George, Mammoth Lakes Basin
Crystal Crag from Lake George, Mammoth Lakes Basin
Crystal Crag, Mammoth Lakes Basin
Crystal Crag, Mammoth Lakes Basin
Lake Mary from Crystal Crag, Mammoth Lakes.
Lake Mary from Crystal Crag, Mammoth Lakes.
Crystal Crag
BETA PHOTO: Crystal Crag
Crystal Crag panorama, Mammoth Lakes Basin.
Crystal Crag panorama, Mammoth Lakes Basin.
Summit of Crystal Crag
Summit of Crystal Crag
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By Euan Cameron
Administrator
From: Redlands and Mammoth Lakes
Jul 7, 2010

It was a really cold spring this year which means there is still a lot of snow around.

By rex parker
From: las vegas n.v
Sep 15, 2011

their is a lot of different routes up to the summit on the north arete including a 5-8 variation and a 5-9 clevenger variation. these are much better routes then the 5-6 regular north arete I highly recommend these. better rock and more fun to be had.