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Patricia Bowl Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 10,600'
Location: 37.4631, -118.7459 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Greg Barnes on Dec 12, 2006
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Preparing for the walk out of the Patricia Bowl


The awesome, newly re-developed area for steep clean "sport" cracks (bolted face and tricky pro sections, and good bolted anchors). As close as you get to Indian Creek on eastern Sierra granite. High, north-facing, and cold - but great for hot summer days!

Getting There 

Head up Rock Creek Canyon for about 9 miles. You'll pass the turn off to Rock Creek Lodge and then the stables. Drive a little further and there will be a toilet on your left and then a long series of parking spots. Park here. Head back down the road for about 50 feet and there will be a sign for the "Hilton Lake" trail head.

Start up this trail for 5 minutes. Immediately at the fourth switchback there will be a trail heading into the woods to the West. Take this trail for about 15 minutes. When the trail ends start a gentle, rising traverse to the right on talus for 20-30 minutes. It's better to stay low on the big talus rather than deal with the scree and shin daggers up higher. Eventually the north facing crag will come into view.

About 45 minutes....

See Marty Lewis/John Moynier "Mammoth Area Rock Climbs" guidebook (3rd ed. 2004 - not in previous editions)

Climbing Season

Weather station 18.4 miles from here

26 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Patricia Bowl

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Patricia Bowl:
Tommy Boy   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Orange Pillar
Breathless Arete   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   First Cliff
Boi-oi-oi-ing!   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 340'   Orange Pillar
Modern Trad   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   First Cliff
Stoic Tree Arete   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 100'   First Cliff, Left Tower.
Sons of Liberty   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   First Cliff
High Expectations   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Orange Pillar
Freedom Fighter   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   First Cliff
Pie in the Sky   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   First Cliff
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Featured Route For Patricia Bowl
Rock Climbing Photo: leading Modern Trad

Modern Trad 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : First Cliff
Start just to the left of Freedom Fighter. Climb past 3 bolts and climb slightly right into a crack/corner. Take this to a stance under a roof. Climb out the left side of the roof (or the right side, which is a bit easier to protect). Above the roof is the bolted anchor for Freedom Fighter. Clip it for pro and keep climbing up double cracks and a small corner to loose ledge (careful not to drop anything on your belayer)....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Patricia Bowl
Rock Climbing Photo: Patricia Bowl. Photo by Blitzo.
Patricia Bowl. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Stoic Tree Arete
Stoic Tree Arete
Rock Climbing Photo: Top of the first pitch of "Patricia Lake Grac...
Top of the first pitch of "Patricia Lake Grac...

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By david goldstein
Jul 3, 2007
This is an excellent area, esp when it's hot down in the valley. IMO, more reminiscent of The Needles than Indian Creek -- I don't believe we used more than two pieces of a given size on any single pitch.

Kudos to the first ascensionists etc, but I feel they were in general much too aggresive w/ the drill -- virtually every bolt on the climbs I did had a reasonable if small gear placement near by. For instance, the first bolt of Sons of Liberty is about one foot to the side of a solid green Alien placement.
By outdooreric
From: La Mesa, CA
Jul 5, 2007
It reminds me of an alpine Cookie Cliff.
Some routes do seem to have bolts next to gear placements. The majority of the trad routes done after 2002 have no lead bolts whatsoever. We tried to buck that trend and establish routes ground up, on-site without any bolts (adding belay bolts later). Hopefully future first ascentionists will continue this ethic and only bolt when necessary.
By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
Sep 26, 2009
And if I don't have this guidebook how do I get there? I thought Mountain Project was "Beyond the Guidebook" not "Refer to the Guidebook".

Sorry, but I've had a tough day.
By fubar
From: Babylon
Jan 6, 2013
If you are doing the routes at the first cliff please be careful not to lower/rap off the end of your rope! This has happened to multiple parties up here with a 60m.
By David Enloe
Jul 18, 2014
A friend and I lost a dog up in the Hilton/Davis Lakes area on July 16th. If anyone notices any sign of a lost, 90lb, black/brindle (white chest) hound dog roaming around in the woods, please call David at 305-333-8681. Any sign of him, however uncertain, will be much appreciated. Thanks everyone!

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