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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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Eagle Lake Buttress.
Photo by Blitzo.

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.


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.


9 Total Routes


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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+ MS 4a     Trad   
East Ridge Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad   
Orange Book   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad   
Orange Sunshine   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 260'   
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Featured Route For Eagle Lake Buttress
"The Wind Tree". <br />Photo by Blitzo.

Wind Tree 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a  CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : Eagle Lake Buttress
High on the buttress stands a lone, wind-blown juniper. This is the Wind Tree. This route climbs an obvious left-leaning crack system to the tree.Third class up to a ledge, 40' off the ground.Climb to a small ledge where two cracks form a prominent "V". Take the left to a belay ledge.Climb a steep section, then follow an arch until a vegetated dihedral is almost reached. Move right on knobs to a crack. At it's top climb up and right to the tree. Traverse right and head up cracks to the summit....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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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.