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BETA PHOTO: Mammoth Crest from the northeastern shore of McLeo...

Description 

Beautiful and quiet alpine wall above McLeod Lake in Mammoth. Mammoth Crest is easily seen from numerous places on the drive into Mammoth Lakes and from various vantages around Lake Mary and Horseshoe Lake.

Consider getting Marty Lewis and John Moynier's great Mammoth Area Rock climbing guidebook for the area.


Getting There 

From the town of Mammoth Lakes, head up Hwy. 203 towards Lake Mary. Follow the road (continuing past the turnoff for Lake Mary) until the end of the road is reached at Horseshoe Lake (very large parking area).

From the parking area, take the Mammoth Pass Trail up to McLeod Lake. When you arrive at McLeod Lake, hike around the left side (clockwise) until you reach a small stream inlet on the far side of the lake.

The inlet is in an open'ish meadow and you can see a large talus slide that makes it almost all the way down to the lake (there is a small snow field at the top of the talus in my overview photo). On the right side of this talus is a strip of trees that heads up towards the crest. Follow a use trail up through the trees until you reach the final talus/snow field below the crest proper. From this point, hike to the various routes to either the left or right.


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Featured Route For Mammoth Crest
The route begins in the center of the photo at the base of the nice white slab to the left of the obvious chimney (the chimney is directly below a big tree at mid-height on the cliff).  The belay ledge at the top of the first pitch is just to the left of the obvious/biggest tree in the center of the photo.

Finger Locking Good 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c  CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : Mammoth Crest
Fun mixed bolts and gear route finishing with a nice 5.8 finger crack running through a clean slab. Beautiful views and solitude.Pitch one: Climb past two bolts (5.8) to a section requiring gear. Next, wander past 4 more bolts (5.8), then a bit more gear, and finish with three bolts (more 5.8) to a two bolt anchor with rap rings at a great, spacious ledge. (9 bolts plus gear; 165 feet).Pitch two:Traverse left from the anchor, then climb up for 10-15 feet until you can traverse back ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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By Scott Sinner
From: Mammoth Lakes, CA
Aug 8, 2013

For more routes that aren't in the book or listed here, check out the binder of newer routes in Mammoth Mountaineering. There are some good routes (5.10-11 range) in the sector 2 area that deserve some more traffic.