1-day Alpine Climbing on Crystal Crag in the Mammoth Lakes Basin


Join Ryan and his professionally trained AMGA Guides take you high above the Mammoth Lakes Basin on Crystal Crag for this 1-day guided climb. Traditional, sport and endurance sport routes on North Arete, North East and Highlands Wall.

Not specified

Sierra Nevada

1 Day

May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep




Crystal Crag (3080m) is for ambitious climbers who want to make the most out of the day and climb high above the Mammoth Lakes Basin. Situated high above Lake George, Crystal Crag’s jagged rock form protrudes from the surrounding landscape and is easily spotted from afar.

The adventure begins with a steep uphill hike from Lake George with increasingly good views over the entire Mammoth Lake Basin and is not for the faint of heart. 

The traditional and sport climbing options here are best suited for intermediate and advanced level climbers. Routes ranging from moderate 4 pitch classics to endurance sport routes are found across Crystal Crag’s North Arete, North East and Highlands Wall.

The difficulty level here ranges from low 5th to 5.11a (Grade II).

Crystal Crag is located within the John Muir Wilderness and is part of the Eastern Sierras’ Inyo National Forest. Other climbing venues in this area include Clark Canyon and Iris Slab.

Crystal Crag is for climbers who want to place gear at a moderate level or do some high elevation sport climbing. If you are up for the challenge, we’d love to hear from you. Request to book now.


About the guide

I am the founder of Golden State Guiding and an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor.

I have been climbing all over California for over 10 years from Joshua Tree and the High Sierra and from Yosemite to Owen's River Gorge. I enjoy climbing in all its forms but alpine starts, long approaches and high elevation gains are my favorite. The grueling days and long routes of the Sierras are where my heart lies.

At Golden State Guiding, we hold a valid permit to guide you legally in California´s Sierras. Golden State Guiding has only professional Guides trained by the AMGA who know all the ins and outs in these mountains and we´ll take you to all the best spots!

These are some of the spots where we can take you:
- Joshua Tree
- San Diego (Mission Gorge, Mount Woodson)
- Eastern Sierra (Lone Pine Peak, Mt Humphrey’s, Mt Emerson, Mount Sill, Bear Creek Spire, Laurel Mountain, Temple Crag, Crystal Crag, Cardinal Pinnacle, Iris Slab, Mammoth Lakes Basin, Clark Canyon)
- Red Rock

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 387 Each

Group of 2

USD 258 Each

Group of 3

USD 207 Each

Group of 4

USD 181 Each

Group of 5

USD 155 Each

Group of 6

USD 129 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee



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