A short 10 minute walk from the parking lot at Horseshoe Lake brings you to the perfect climbing crag for new climbers. With climbs ranging from super easy (“Did that 6 year old just climb that?”) to deceptively difficult, Horseshoe Slabs is the perfect spot for a half day of climbing. Sunshine Wall is nearby with a solid collection of challenging sport climbs.
Crystal Crag looms above the lakes basin and is visible from all of Mammoth Lakes. With one of the most spectacular summits and moderate muti-pitch routes, its a popular day for a gym climber looking for their first outdoor climbing experience or first multi-pitch climb. Crystal Crag also has a solid collection of more difficult sport climbs lining the base with one of the best views of the lakes basin you will find. A spectacular hike from the Lake George parking lot is the perfect warm up for Crystal Crag.
Rock Creek Canyon-Iris Slabs
Rock Creek Canyon is home to some stellar multipitch climbs on high quality granite similar to what you might find in Yosemite. Iris Slabs hosts moderate to difficult top rope climbs with easy access from the parking lot. Rock Creek is 10 minutes south of Mammoth Lakes just off 395.
Similar to Horseshoe Slabs, Clark Canyon hosts a great collection of bolted routes that range from very easy to super challenging. A short hike from the parking lot delivers you to Area 13, the most popular climbing spot at Clark and the perfect crag for guided trips. The view of the Sierra range is off the charts. The drive in to Clark Canyon involves a few miles of dirt roads with one short section that requires good vehicle clearance.
Owens River Gorge
Nothing beats the Gorge in the Spring. Over a thousand bolted sport routes ranging from easy 5.6 to, well, as hard as you want to go. The Owens Gorge attracts climbers from all over the world with it’s quality routes, moderate temps from fall to late spring, and easy access.