|Hospital Rock Area
The local quartzite playground. Despite being about 45 minutes from Visalia/Exeter with an easy approach, it's likely you'll be the only climbers at the crag.
The more it's cleaned up over the years, the better it's become. There is a lot of potential here.
The climbing here is mostly short (1-3 pitches) gear routes, quite varied in difficulty, and most of it can be top roped.
Although not abundant, more difficult routes and projects have definitely been found
As the area develops, some harder grades will undoubtedly spring up.
Good to keep in mind as a plan B for when the weather on Moro turns ugly, but there is enough climbing to fill a day here. The weather is tolerable pretty much all year, it's never really crowded, easily accessible, and only a short walking distance to bathrooms and picnic tables. Excellent spot for an afternoon of climbing, swimming, and barbecuing.
Bears, mosquitoes, poison oak, ticks, rattlesnakes, rock fall, and a raging river are all potential hazards here, so take the same precautions you would at any developing climbing area, and keep yourself and others safe.
Camping can be found nearby at Buckeye Flats from spring to fall, or Potwisha campgrounds back toward the 198 entrance. Check at the entrance for availability or call the visitors center.
(Quick note: The names given to all the routes are arbitrary and purely for informing anyone curious about what the area has to offer. Although I've searched far and wide, original FA information is basically non-existent. If anyone has information, or had names for the lines from decades past, please comment and I'll update them. Enjoy and respect the area, and if you come across something worth climbing, please share.)
From Visalia/Three Rivers, take the 198 up through the park entrance. Only a short distance (~5 miles) from there to the Hospital Rock parking lot. Look for the sign, hard to miss.
There is a decent climber's trail breaking off of the Middle Fork Trail (north-west of the parking lot). Hug the base of the cliff to avoid various trails to nowhere.
Note: The turnout the SEKI guidebook refers to can only accommodate 1-2 vehicles, and the approach directly up the hill is steep and through some nasty weeds.
19 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]
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Lunch Bucket Ledge 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c CA
: Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP
: Hospital Rock Area
As described in the 1993 guidebook, this is more of a series of interwoven lines than it is one single route. Lunch Bucket Ledge is a route towards the left side of the Hospital Rock "Main Wall", the largest visible formation, north of the Hospital Rock parking lot.The first pitch passes two bolts. You can either belay on the first ledge and break up the first pitch into two pitches, or climb past the anchor and up to the bigger ledge. Many variations past this first two bolt anchor (I prefer t...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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BETA PHOTO: Hospital Rock main wall. Large photo, zoom in. L...
The north-west corner of the Upper Lunchbox. If so...
December 2011, the base of the Lower Lunchbox, jus...
The quartzite formations in the late afternoon, ta...
Looking down at the start of the second pitch from...
Topping out, first time doing Juicifer without any...
A south view from the three bolt anchor on the Upp...
BETA PHOTO: Lunchbox Ledge, Hospital Rock Area, Sequoia NP CA
second pitch of lunch bucket ledge