Mammoth Lakes California Rock Climbing

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Rock Climbing

During the warm summer months, Mammoth Lake’s switches gears from winter wonderland to climber’s paradise, with routes to satisfy everyone from beginner climbers to seasoned rock hounds.

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  • Summer is climbing season in Mammoth Lake.
  • If you only have a few hours, head to Warming Wall located close to downtown.
  • Clark Canyon boasts the best established sport climbing routes in the Mammoth Lakes area.
  • To ensure a safe and enjoyable trip, hire one of the qualified guides listed on this page.

Overview

Summertime means climbing season in Mammoth Lake. Whether you’re new to the sport or a veteran alpinist with numerous high altitude summits under your belt, you’ll find a route here. Because climbing is an inherently dangerous activity, beginners should not venture out on their own.

Season

Because of Mammoth’s high elevation and heavy winter snowfall, climbing here is primarily a summer activity.

Where to go Climbing

Warming Wall
This local favorite is located in town and is great if you only have a few hours to climb. The wall is heavily textured, with lots of handholds, so it’s a good spot for beginners to learn and intermediate climbers to hone their technique. The wall is approximately 80 feet tall.

Rock Creek
This area boasts a wide variety of climbing opportunities on quality Sierra granite. Find the area by driving south on US-395 for approximately 16 miles. Exit on Rock Creek. Turn right and find the climbing on the right side of canyon.

Clark Canyon
For those looking for established sport climbing routes, Clark Canyon is your best bet. The rock is highly featured with lots of handholds and conveniently placed anchors.

Climbing Gyms
While there are no indoor climbing gyms in Mammoth, Mammoth Mountain features a fun climbing wall as part of their Adventure Center. Right at the base of the ski area, the Climbing Rock is great for kids, families, and novice climbers. Open during the summer season only.

  • Single Climb: $12
  • Climb and Zipline Combo: $24

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Other Rock Climbing Resources

Eastern Sierra Climbers Coalition

The Eastern Sierra Climbers Coalition organizes events and activities for local climbing enthusiasts.