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The Upper Tier Rock Climbing 

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Location: 34.12544, -118.92721 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Benjamin Chapman on Feb 24, 2010  with updates from Andreas Pfander
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The Upper Tier is the broad series of multi-faceted buttresses and faces adjacent to the vegetated terrace above and north of the Grotto. The Upper Tier sits just below the rim and in the shadow of Balanced Rock. The climbs are short, but away from the crowds and occasional gym-like scene in the Grotto or the Left Flank/Java Wall. A great flat rocky base and views of the approach gully and Carlisle Canyon. Be on your best form as hikers often stop to watch the action when they spot climbers on the Upper Tier.

Getting There 

Scramble up the gully left of the base of the arete of "Bushed Coyote," near the Java Wall (short, but rather unpleasant). It is also possible to scramble upstream and west over the huge boulders from the Grotto. Once beyond the boulders follow a trail up and right to the west end of the cliff band. Follow the trail right (east) to the base of The Upper Tier.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.7 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Upper Tier

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Upper Tier:
Blackie    5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Reverb   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
The Barkley    5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Welcome to Echo   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Sasha   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Featured Route For The Upper Tier
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AKC 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  CA : Los Angeles Basin : ... : The Upper Tier
Climb the face just left of the crack/gully on positive edges and pockets. The 4th bolt is on the right wall of the crack/gully. Continue up and right on positive features. Cross the crack/gully to the anchor on the left side of the pillar....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of The Upper Tier Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: In the shadow of Balanced Rock at The Upper Tier
In the shadow of Balanced Rock at The Upper Tier
Rock Climbing Photo: The Upper Tier from the Mishe Mokwa Trail.
The Upper Tier from the Mishe Mokwa Trail.

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