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Horseshoe Slabs 

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Elevation: 9,000'
Location: 37.6057, -119.0216 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Aron Quiter, John Robinson, Euan Cameron, Adam Winters, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: Euan Cameron on Jan 28, 2007
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This is a small East Facing cliff at the southern end of Horseshoe Lake.

Many of the routes are top roped, but there are a few bolted climbs, and a limited amount of slab boulder problems.

It is a good area for families and beginners.

Also if you have 4 legged friends its ideal, since Horseshoe Lake is one of the more popular places for locals to take their dogs for a walk.

Getting There 

From the town of Mammoth Lakes follow Main Street, and continue straight at the traffic lights onto Lake Mary Road. Follow this to its end, and park at the Horseshoe Lake parking lot.

Hike south along the west side of the lake, until an obvious granite buttress is reached. The climbs are all found here.

11 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Horseshoe Slabs:
Horseman   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Left Section - Wrangler and Horseman go up the center.
BETA PHOTO: Left Section - Wrangler and Horseman go up the cen...
Far left section
BETA PHOTO: Far left section
Left section in profile
BETA PHOTO: Left section in profile
Horseshoe Lake with Mammoth Mountain in the background, Mammoth Lakes Area
Horseshoe Lake with Mammoth Mountain in the backgr...
Right section (left part).
BETA PHOTO: Right section (left part).
Ranger's Buttons (Sphenosciadium capitellatum), Mammoth Lakes.
Ranger's Buttons (Sphenosciadium capitellatum), Ma...
Right Section, Blacksmith takes the right arete
BETA PHOTO: Right Section, Blacksmith takes the right arete
Ghost Forest and Mammoth Crest from Horseshoe Lake, Mammoth Lakes.
Ghost Forest and Mammoth Crest from Horseshoe Lake...
Far right slab (Horseshoe Slabs)
BETA PHOTO: Far right slab (Horseshoe Slabs)
A lone tree stands proud on the shoreline of Horseshoe Lake
A lone tree stands proud on the shoreline of Horse...
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By Euan Cameron
From: Redlands and Mammoth Lakes
Aug 21, 2007

Only a few of the routes have names recorded, so I have listed the lines from left to right Unknown1, Unknown2, etc.

Although they don't have any names some of these routes give good climbing.

By Worster than you
From: Lafayette, CA
Aug 21, 2013

Really a great starting area for kids. 10 minutes on the nose from town. 10 minutes on the nose if you walk normally to the base. Right off the trail. 5.4 TR is easy as pie to set up and you can make 3 variations from there. If your plans go astray (as will happen with young climbers), no big deal, you haven't invested that much and you can go play at all the lakes.