This area is home to some new climbs that have been ascended for the first time this past summer (2002.) There is currently one sport climb, known as the Lakeside Arete (5.10a), which sits high above the main Herring Dome at about 8000 feet. There is plenty of other route potential in the area, as there are several rocks that sit ready to be led both trad and sport.
This rock will sit in the sun when it's sunny, but due to the surrounding valley, the chances of that being predictable aren't real good.
This area is on National Forest and BLM land, so you can bolt all you want, and climb all you want.
There are plenty of routes around on mainly colorful granite, so be ready for a variety of downclimb and other climbing / approach challenges.
There also seems to be a fair amount of bouldering on top of Pinecrest peak, though it is mainly unclimbed.
Approach time:From the car: a long time, probably over an hour if you choose to traverse around Herring Dome, and from 1 - 3 hours if you climb the dome.
From the top of Herring Dome: 10 - 20 minutes.
From the top of Pinecrest Peak: 1 minute.
There are two approaches:
From the top of Herring Dome, continue up the ridge to the colorful granite above, just below the "summit" of the relatively flat Pinecrest Peak.
From the Pinecrest peak sign, you're there.
Climbing Season For the Sonora Pass Highway (108) area.
Weather station 17.8 miles from here
1 Total Routes
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Featured Route For Red Herring Dihedrals
Lakeview Arete 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a CA
: Central Sierra
: ... : Red Herring Dihedrals
This route climbs the right facing dihedral just below the Pinecrest Peak sign. The dihedral can also be seen from the top of The Herring Dome. The rock is granite, with beautiful red, orange and pink colors making the visual stimulation on the climb sometimes a little too much. Starting in the corner, traverse through the bush and head up a sustained face using the arete as necessary. The route is sustained .10a, and if you're not acclimatized, it will feel like a considerably tougher climb. So...[more] Browse More Classics in CA