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Five Fingers

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Aquila Peak, Northeast Face 
Traverse of the Fingers 

Five Fingers 


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Elevation: 5,000'
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Submitted By: outdooreric on Jan 11, 2013
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Five Fingers from finger zero?

Description 

Popular with the Sierra Club and other peak baggers, the Five Fingers area consists of an interesting series of 100-250 foot granite spires which terminate at Aquila Peak. If one were to follow this ridge beyond the summit, it would join Owen's Ridge and eventually Owen's Peak. The fingers are numbered from East to West and two routes to the summit are popular. Either traverse the fingers to the summit or take a sandy slog following an intermittent trail below and around the lesser fingers also to gain the summit. As far as rock quality, there is a lot of bad with the good, so good route finding and judgement are essential tools for any adventure in this largely ignored area.

As mentioned in the out-of-print Domelands, there are many route possibilities on most of the fingers that may exist or are yet to be developed. Hopefully this post will bring about some clarity for what is done or needs to be done.


Getting There 

Turn into Indian Wells Canyon off of Highway 14 and after a couple miles turn right onto SE 182, a steep sandy 4wd road that ends a couple hundred yards from the bottom of the lowest formation. If you have only 2wd, the road can be hiked, but it is quite a bit longer to do so.


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Aquila Peak from the Fourth Finger, looking northward.  The Northeast face is out of sight behind the right edge of the skyline.

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The Five Fingers looking West from near the Breakfast Crags.
The Five Fingers looking West from near the Breakf...
The Five Fingers looking East from the road to Owen's Peak trailhead.
The Five Fingers looking East from the road to Owe...
Five Fingers from Heller Rocks approach.
Five Fingers from Heller Rocks approach.
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