After top roping at various crags, it is time to get higher off the ground! An entirely new climbing experience awaits.

Situated above Mammoth in the Lakes Basin, Crystal Crag is a well known local landmark. A gleaming white band of quartz cuts across the stunning peak, drawing climbers to this unique feature. The North Ridge route combines steeper technical climbing, a classic peak traverse, and descent of the other side.

Crystal Crag is a perfect introduction to mulit-pitch climbing. Not too difficult, but definitely challenging enough to keep you thinking and enjoying a new experience.


For this adventure we have chosen Crystal Crag out of Mammoth. This is not just a multi-pitch climb, but also a summit with an approach of about an hour on a well-maintained trail through fragrant high-elevation forest.



We value the professional training provided by the AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association) and your guides will be AMGA certified or involved in the certification process.



good-great-awesome mammoth-area-rock-climbsThe best guidebooks are “The Good, The Great and the Awesome” by Peter Croft or Mammoth Area Rock Climbs.
Get them from Maximus Press

We highly recommend that you spend at least one night at moderate altitude (higher than 8,000 feet) just prior to the trip. Spending a night in Mammoth would do the trick. Please refer to our Planning for Success info sheet for more info.

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