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The Upper Gorge is a little narrower and more winding than the other sections of the Gorge. The cliffs face a variety of directions allowing the ability to chase shade or sun. There are several popular cliffs including the Gorgeous Towers, Gotham City, the Dihedrals and the Flavin' Haven. There is a good amount of quality moderates in the Upper Gorge. The hard climber should check out the Trestle wall, Holy Trinity, Joe's Garage and Franklin's Tower.
Use the Upper Gorge parking lot, hike down the upper power plant road for a couple minutes looking for a steep trail down to the right. This trail leads into a 3rd class gully and then down a steep rocky trail.
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Quail Trail 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : Lower Elbow Room
P1: Nine bolts, 90 feet. Climb an arete past 4 bolts. Step onto a face and climb an awkward, slippery, left-leaning seam (5.10a). Belay from bolts on a small, awkward stance. P2: Five bolts, ~50 feet. Stem a slippery dihedral (5.10b).The route can be climbed as one long pitch. The stance at the top anchor is much more comfortable than the one at the intermediate belay. ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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