Bouldering in Mammoth Lakes
The art of bouldering, is to take rock climbing to new heights. There are some real good climbs for more advanced climbers in and around Mammoth Lakes. This list will give you some ideas of what you can look forward to when you vacation in the Eastern Sierra with us.
Warming Wall: From Hwy. 203 head west through the town of Mammoth Lakes and turn right on Minaret Road, the second traffic light. Almost immediately turn onto Canyon Boulevard at Footloose Sports Center. Follow Canyon Boulevard to its end at the parking lot of the ski area's Canyon Lodge. The Austria Hof inn is the last building on the right; park just beyond it. From here head up the first gully north of the ski area for 1/4 mile; the cliff will be seen on the right.
This interesting wall provides moderate sport climbing near town. The rock is sharp, grainy and of volcanic origin. The cliff has a forested southern exposure with good climbing from late spring to early fall.
The crag is high-quality granite. This area receives heavy winter snowfall and holds snow well into the early months of summer. With an elevation of 9,000', this area is best in late summer or early fall.
To get to the Lakes Basin, head east on Hwy. 203 through town. At the second traffic light, Hwy. 203 turns right; instead, go straight ahead on Lake Mary Road, heading uphill under Chair 15 and past Twin Lakes. A mile farther is Pokonobe Lodge. Continue to the parking lot at the northwest end of Horseshoe Lake. From the parking lot hike counterclockwise around the west side of the lake past the group camp to a small trail. Continue to the inlet stream on the southwest side of the lake, where the trail dips down to lake level. The Horseshoe Slabs are just beyond, toward the right in the forest.
Deadman's I is justifiably famous as a world-class bouldering area. The main cliff is over 30' tall and features a number of "off-the-deck" problems. These tall problems can be top-roped using large friends and trees. A second rope can come in handy to extend anchors over the lip.
At 1.2 miles north of the Crestview maintenance station turn left at the only left-turn pocket on the grade. The road turns to dirt and "T's" immediately. Turn right so you are paralleling U.S. 395. At 0.2 miles past the "T" is a right turn leading to Deadman's 1.
Deadman's II: At 0.6 miles beyond the "T" is a right turn leading to Deadman's II.
Deadman's III: At 0.8 miles beyond the "T" is a right turn. Follow this while it veers to the left and dead ends in the forest. From here a short trail heads west up a slope to the base of Deadman's III. Just beyond the turn to Deadman's III the road deteriorates as it climbs up a short canyon.
There are guides available who can help you improve your climbing skills as rock climbing in Mammoth is a very popular activity. Just ask in any of the supply stores you find in town.