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Eagle Lake Buttress

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Eagle Lake Buttress  


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Elevation: 8,640'
Location: 38.9504, -120.136 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Blitzo on Sep 18, 2006
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Description 

This prominent buttress, towers at the south end of a long ridge about a mile west of Eagle Lake.
Good rock and excellent views make this a fine place to climb.

[Note: Some parties that summit with ample time and energy report enjoying the ridge traverse uphill from the top of Eagle Lake Buttress proper.]

Getting There 

To reach the buttress, cross the outlet at Eagle Lake and follow a ravine to a ridge that leads to the base.
The approach takes about 1.5 hours.

Climbing Season



Weather station 8.0 miles from here

9 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',2],['5.8',1],['5.9',3],['5.10',1],['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 Eagle Lake Buttress:
Eagle Route   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad   
East Ridge Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   
Orange Book   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad   
Orange Sunshine   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 260'   
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Featured Route For Eagle Lake Buttress
"Eagle Route". <br />Photo by Blitzo.

Eagle Route 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a  CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : Eagle Lake Buttress
This route follows the right side of the "V" mentioned in "The Wind Tree" description.Climb the right crack to a ledge belay.Another pitch leads to a belay at the top of a groove.Move left to a chimney, follow this to the East Ridge. Climb that to the top....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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The buttress sits way up there.
The buttress sits way up there.
Eagle Lake Buttress
Eagle Lake Buttress

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By timmaly
Jul 27, 2013
Climbed this via Eagle Route a few weeks ago. Really cool alpine adventure, despite the low climbing/hiking ratio. Reminded me of Cathedral in Tuolumne, though with a longer and harder hike and shorter climb. I left some green webbing slung around a block and a hanger (both brand new) for the rap off the summit to the slabby descent.
By Will Gilkison
From: Wheatland, CA
Aug 25, 2013
Timmaly -

We used your gear to rap down after summiting via the East Ridge Route, it's still in good shape, although no longer green.