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Twin Owls

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Twin Owls 

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Location: 38.789, -120.2426 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Justin Johnsen on Apr 22, 2013
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A pair of little spires sitting side by side. This area gets much less traffic than the big spires. The west twin has a couple of accessible 5.8 lines, and both have harder routes as well.

Routes, left to right.

West twin (climber's left).

  • Unnamed 5.8 (TR only)
  • Unnamed 5.8 (sport, 4 bolts to two hangars)
  • Unknown narrow chimney
  • Unknown route, 5.10a-ish (mixed sport-trad crack and 2 bolts to anchor with chains on top of the formation)

East twin (climber's right).
  • Unnamed 5.11a (sport, 3 bolts to anchor with chains)

Getting There 

From the parking lot, take the main trail towards the ever-visible middle spire. Take the first side trail on the left going downhill. Follow it past the twin owls formation, then wind around below them to the right.

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Featured Route For Twin Owls
The west Twin Owl, south face. Unnamed 5.8s go up the knobby left side. A chimney splits the middle. A trad line with a couple of bolts goes up the right side to the top of formation.

Unnamed 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : Twin Owls
Short but sweet face route with four bolts over 30 feet or so.The narrow (but larger than a squeezer) chimney to the right can be incorporated into the face moves, or climbed on its own.A class 4 scramble to the left of this route gets you to the anchor area, which gives access to this route, and the other unnamed 5.8 toprope-only route to its left....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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By David Gibbs
From: Ottawa, ON
Oct 5, 2013

I climbed the "Unknown route, unknown grade (mixed sport-trad crack and 2 bolts to anchor with chains on top of the formation)" on TR. It felt like about 5.10a to me. Crux was the lower section.

By Justin Johnsen
From: Sacramento, CA
Oct 25, 2013

Thanks David, put your gradestimate in the area description.