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Positive Vibrations T 
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Solar Burn T 
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Incredible Hulk 


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Elevation: 11,040'
Location: 38.12188, -119.41522 View Map  Incorrect?
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Incredible Hulk, seen during the approach.

Description 

This crag in the Sawtooth Range can honestly lay claim to being one of the biggest granite walls in the High Sierra. Essentially the culmination of the north ridge of Eocene Peak. It is separated from the towers to the south by a significant notch, which forms part of the standard descent route (see below).


Getting There 

The trailhead is at Twin Lakes/Mono Village, to park at the Marina you must pay $10.00.

Hike west along the Robinson Creek Trail to Little Slide Canyon - about where the Hoover Wilderness sign is. Negotiate boggy terrain and a couple of tributaries (sandals recommended, cache on other side) to the south bank of Robinson Creek, go right (west) and pick up "The Switchbacks" which are steep but short. Continue to follow the trail on less steep ground to the talus. Stay left of the creek; follow cairns up to a ramp with trees which passes beneath a waterfall. Here the trail is less obvious, but cairns do mark a way up over granite benches, and ledges to a flat area west of the Hulk and east of Maltby Lake.

About 6 hours with backpacks, 3 hours without. Some people mountain bike to the wilderness sign, some people do the Hulk in one long day, some people camp beneath the climbs - it's up to you, and how you view the mountains.

Descent from the Routes
From the summit, and after paying homage to the Superball - make a steep and exposed Class 3 descent (nervous soloists need not apply) of the south ridge, about 300', near its terminus go left and descend down to the rappel anchor, where a single rope rappel will deposit you in the notch mentioned above. Go right (west) and descend steep and loose scree to a small tower and a branch. Take the left branch and Class 5 down climb the overhanging chockstone - very worrying. A little further you'll reach the main gully beneath the Incredible Hulk's wall - stagger and stumble down some of the worst scree I've ever seen back to the start of the climbs, and then down the final scree fan. Some may take 45 minutes to do this, I've seen it written up as "trivial" - IMHO it's more than both of these.


14 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Incredible Hulk:
Beeline   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 1100'   
Red Dihedral (aka "Yggdrasil")   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 12 pitches, 1500'   
Escape from Poland   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 400'   
The Polish Route   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 900'   
Positive Vibrations   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 12 pitches, 1200'   
Sunspot Dihedral   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 9 pitches, 1200'   
Astrohulk   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c     Trad, Alpine, 9 pitches, 1200'   
Tradewinds   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Trad, Alpine, 9 pitches, 1200'   
Lost in the Sun   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 700'   
The Venturi Effect   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ E6 6b     Trad, Alpine, 10 pitches, 1200'   
Solar Flare   5.12+ 7c 28 IX E6 6b     Trad, Sport, Alpine, 9 pitches, 1000'   
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Here's a topo I drew for Tradewinds. It's basically a copy of Dave Nettle's topo, which is available on Supertopo under "Obscurities". Sorry if it's hard to read, I don't have a scanner.

Tradewinds 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a  CA : High Sierra : Incredible Hulk
Tradewinds is a stellar route on the Incredible Hulk, located between Positive Vibrations and Red Dihedral. The climbing is steep, clean, and sustained, just about as good as alpine climbing gets!The route starts in an obvious straight-in corner about 40' to the right of the "Triangular Recess" (Positive Vibes starts on the left side of the triangle). P1 Climb the corner past 2 bolts (11a). Just when it looks like it's gonna get really thin, step left to a great belay stance with 2 bolts. 100'P2...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Incredible Hulk Slideshow Add Photo
My friend Patrick Price goofing at the base of Incredible Hulk. Summer, 2005.
My friend Patrick Price goofing at the base of Inc...
The top 2/3 of Incredible Hulk, as seen near the end of the approach.
The top 2/3 of Incredible Hulk, as seen near the e...
Not a picture of the Incredible Hulk, but a crazy, large plank of rock wedged in a crack on the ridge above Incredible Hulk.
Not a picture of the Incredible Hulk, but a crazy,...
The Incredible Hulk, Sierra
The Incredible Hulk, Sierra
Sunset at Incredible Hulk. Summer '05.
Sunset at Incredible Hulk. Summer '05.
Incredible Hulk, August 2005.
Incredible Hulk, August 2005.
A topo overlay for some of the upper pitches on the Incredible Hulk
BETA PHOTO: A topo overlay for some of the upper pitches on th...
Climbers on Positive Vibrations (IV 5.11c)
Climbers on Positive Vibrations (IV 5.11c)
Incredible Hulk, Sierra
Incredible Hulk, Sierra
Back off- these are my smokes!
Back off- these are my smokes!
The Hulk after an early storm.
The Hulk after an early storm.
looks like something on Saturn
looks like something on Saturn
Starry skies and shining granite!
Starry skies and shining granite!
Excellent campsites below Incredible Hulk
Excellent campsites below Incredible Hulk
Just before turning off - view up Little Slide Canyon - Hulk on the left.
Just before turning off - view up Little Slide Can...
A cragging guide to the first few pitches of routes on the left side of the Hulk.
BETA PHOTO: A cragging guide to the first few pitches of route...
Alpenglow
Alpenglow
Mike Newheart barefoots it on the hike out - Robinson Creek crossing.
Mike Newheart barefoots it on the hike out - Robin...
After the single rap from the Red Dihedral final pitches, scramble down the left gully to avoid getting cliffed-out.
BETA PHOTO: After the single rap from the Red Dihedral final p...
HULK
HULK
This is a bit of a work in progress. I'd love to get more routes up there.
BETA PHOTO: This is a bit of a work in progress. I'd love to g...
Full Hulk Topo. V2.0 <br /> <br />Still needs some corrections.
BETA PHOTO: Full Hulk Topo. V2.0

Still needs some corrections...
If you can see the suspended plank, you are at or near the rap station after finishing the last pitches of the Red Dihedral.
BETA PHOTO: If you can see the suspended plank, you are at or ...
DREAMING!
DREAMING!
Cairn marking the rap after finishing the last pitches of the Red Dihedral.  The rap is to the skier's left, roughly on the south face of the formation.
BETA PHOTO: Cairn marking the rap after finishing the last pit...
Often the crux of the approach!
Often the crux of the approach!
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By C Miller
Administrator
Jul 24, 2009

Video of Solar Flare (5.12+) on Vimeo

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By Scott Bennett
Jul 26, 2009

The wilderness sign mentioned here and in the supertopo is no longer there. To find the right spot to turn off the main trail (Barney Lake Trail), look for Little Slide Canyon on the left, it's the first major side canyon you'll see. Just before you reach it, there'll be a large open meadow on your left, bordered on its west by a dense grove of aspen. Walk across the meadow, find the downed logs to cross Robinson Creek (it's easy to stay dry), and then work your way into the mouth of Little Slide Canyon.

Climb Safe,
-Scott

Edit: Apparently these directions might lead you astray, since there are multiple "meadows bordered by aspen" along the Robinson creek trail. Here's another landmark to make sure you turn off the main trail at the right spot: Make sure that you can see the distinct spires (Outgard Spire, Totem, Duck, and Reggae Poles) high on the West side of Little Slide Canyon before leaving the main trail.

There is one earlier "meadow bordered by dense aspen", and then you actually walk through an aspen grove (on the trail), and then enter the correct meadow, from which you can see the spires. Here, leave the main trail, cross the meadow, and cross the creek. Once across, stay just on the South side of the creek for a few hundred yards. You make an unlikely 3rd class traverse on a rocky section about 6 inches above the water, and then enter Little Slide Canyon in a grove of pine trees.

Hope this helps,
Scott

By Luke Stefurak
From: Mountain View, CA
Aug 11, 2009

There are some photos of the meadow Scott describes and some additional approach beta in this post:

www.dreaminvertical.com/?p=1406

Here is a consolidated post with all the beta you could possibly want about the Hulk:

www.dreaminvertical.com/2012/07/incredible-hulk-101-tips-tri>>>

Some more "older" beta and history:
www.dreaminvertical.com/?p=1806

Enjoy!

By ccmski
From: Prescott, AZ
Dec 3, 2009

Thanks for the video- always inspiring to watch people climb gracefully in the alpine

By jmorse
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Dec 6, 2009

Thanks for posting the video, C.
The Incredible Hulk - Solar Flare was chosen to receive the John Muir Gold Award at the 2009 Yosemite Film Festival. In case you didn't know, it features climbing legends, Peter Croft and Conrad Anker. Cinematography by Jim Surette. Stills by Jimmy Chin.

By Dmitriy Litvak
From: Pacifica, CA
May 10, 2010

What is the season for the Hulk?
Is it climbable around Memorial Day ever?

By snowhazed
From: Oakland, Ca
Aug 24, 2010

More and more people are going to the Hulk and are defecating all over Little Slide Canyon- please please please do what you can to reduce your impact- keep it well away from the water, or even better bring a wag bag.

By Neil Kauffman
Sep 8, 2010

NO fires at the Hulk! The bivy area is above the fire elevation limit for the National Forest.

By Christopher Barlow
May 11, 2011

It sounds like this year has been a pretty heavy snow season. Does it look like the Hulk will be climbable in late June? We'd be happy to travel over and camp on snow, but we want to climb dry, relatively warm rock. What are the chances of this being the case?

By PumpkinEater
From: Sacramento
Jun 21, 2011

I second the previous remark. The Hulk good to go? I'm mainly wondering about the descent.

By Luke Stefurak
From: Mountain View, CA
Jul 15, 2011

Conditions:

www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=896599&msg=15>>>

We used the lower of the two stream crossings. This takes a newer trail up the steep hill instead of going through the marsh and up switch backs in the trees.

The newer trail can be hard to follow in spots but is faster.

- Luke

By Andy Bennett
From: Tucson, AZ
Sep 1, 2011

(Nearly) Infallible approach beta:

There's been a lot of helpful but sometimes contradictory approach beta posted up here. Let me save you some time and effort, and nature a lot of erosion and social trails.

1) A brand new wilderness sign is definitely present, but it's nowhere near the turnoff, standing at least a good 3/4-1mi before it. Keep hiking past the sign for 15-30min (depending on your load and your legs). You'll soon see Little Slide Canyon reigning above on your left.

2) Keep hiking through a nice long stretch of healthy aspens. Exit this stand and round some curves uphill until you come upon the most prominent pine tree around. There's a lot of cleared earth here around the tree. The correct trail will be obvious on your left. Take it across the creek at the lower (left) set of logs. Huff it uphill.

3) Once you've gained the boulder field, follow the cairns and remain well right (west) of the cliff band for the easiest path.

Enjoy

By Crotch Robbins
Jun 12, 2012

The 3rd class traverse across the ridge and the final two pitches can hold frozen water in various forms when the Southwest Face is completely snow free making for an unexpected and excitingly alpine final three pitches to the summit.

By Kat A
From: Bart and Lisa Ville, CO
Aug 21, 2012

Some additional beta:

Camping: 8 permits are granted each day for departing the Robinson Creek trailhead, 4 of which can be reserved in advance. Applications must be sent via snail mail to the Bridgeport Ranger station at least 2 weeks in advance (they prefer 3 weeks or more) with a check enclosed,www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5253870.pdf. Permits are picked up at the station the day before or the day of (no later than 10 am or they may give it away). As of April 2012, bear cans are required in all of the Hoover Wilderness, yes, even above 10,000 feet. There was a ranger at the Hulk base when we were there in August 2012.

Approach: When you enter the RV park/campground, take the 2nd "road" from the right, signed with yellow tags on the trees, passing the "B" campsites until you reach a meadow with a "Do Not Enter" sign and a cable strung across the dirt road. This does not have the appearance of a regular trailhead, though after you follow this dirt road a bit you'll reach the National Forest sign then later the wilderness sign. Luke Stefurak posted a great photo of the large rock and pine tree on his dreaminvertical site, which clearly shows where to turn off the main trail to head towards the Hulk. The entire trail to the Hulk was dry in mid-August 2012. Cross the stream, head up the canyon on the left side of the creek, then eventually cross the creek at a narrow point (log bridge) and continue up the canyon on the right side of the creek. There was a decent trail and cairns for most of the approach.

Venturi/Positive Vibrations rap beta: You need a FULL 70m rope. We didn't do the first rap due to a lightening/rain storm (we escaped from pitch 8 of PV to a 2-stopper anchor), but general info for the rest of the raps is as follows. The raps are either straight down or veer to the climber's left, and we found them all without too much difficulty (easier than finding the raps on the Diamond). Tie knots when rapping down the clean Venturi bolted face - this has the big rope stretcher (80m would be nice). To help pull the rope cleanly near the PV chimney, we did an extra 30 foot rap from where the Venturi/PV line meets (a ledge which previously had one bolt, now it has 2 bolts, one with a rap ring). Two of the raps require pedulums - one one the Venturi face, the other to reach the last rap station before the ground.

By danielwhore
Sep 4, 2012

Does anybody know if there is still water running up near the base of the Hulk? Or do you have to bring water up with you.. thanks!!

By safetyfourth
May 10, 2013

I feel like if it takes you 6 hours, even with packs to get to the base, you are a crippled infant. The trail is 3 miles and gains 2,500 elevation.

By TeleRoss
From: San Diego, CA
May 13, 2013

Anybody been up there this spring? Or have recent snow conditions?
Thanks

By Jimmy Burckhard
From: Fort Collins, CO
Jul 20, 2013

We lost two #1 Red C4s and one #2 Yellow Link Cam on the Red Dihedral of The Incredible Hulk on Friday July 19th. If anyone could assist in getting these back, I would be very appreciative!! The biners on one of the C4s and the link are marked with green tape and the other C4 had blue tape on the actual cam.

Thanks so much,

Jimmy Burckhard
720-402-8775

By Chris Owen
Administrator
From: La Crescenta and Big Bear Lake
Mar 10, 2014

safetyfourth - while I have the power to edit your comment, and make you seem to say practically anything, I will refrain -- I could make you sound like an insensitive oaf, but you've already done that, I will say that I take exception to being called a crippled infant, I am a crippled old man, which is quite different.

By Gargano
From: Oakland, CA
Jun 13, 2014

Due to marauding bears in Twin Lakes/Mono Village you can no longer store food in the ice house. Consider only bringing food you need for the hike in, or appealing to a RV resident to cache your goods until you come back out.

By ErichPurpur
Jun 24, 2014

Hey everyone-

On 6/21/14 I lost my sleeping bag on the descent hike. I thought I had strapped it down pretty well but apparently not. I know it is a long shot but if anyone finds it, let me know.

Erich Purpur
828 773 7140

By Wally
From: Denver
Jul 12, 2014

Is there a reliable water source for camping near the base of the Hulk in August?

By Vlad S
Jul 14, 2014

Yes. However, by August the little stream that runs though the campsites usually turns to a trickle. It's best to get water in the evening as the snow melt slows down by the morning. If it's bad you might have to walk 100 feet down to get water. I haven't had to do more than that in prior Augusts so far.