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Rock Climbing Day Trip to Iris Slab in Rock Creek Canyon

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Join AMGA-certified Single Pitch Instructor Ryan Hartegan for a family friendly day of rock climbing at Iris Slab in the Rock Creek Canyon.

Sierra Nevada

1 Day

May - Sep




Iris Slab (2590m) is the ideal spot to spend a morning, afternoon or full day climbing alongside family and friends in the Eastern Sierras beautiful Rock Creek Canyon. Both accessible to beginners and fun for more experienced climbers, the slab is a superb option for mixed-level groups. Get outside, be active and have fun!

Easily reached via the Rock Creek Canyon Road, Iris Slab is made up of several single pitch routes ranging in difficulty from 5.5 – 5.10 that can be climbed with a top rope or traditionally, depending on your level of experience.

Rock Creek Lake, a popular destination for day hiking and camping during the summer months, is located right down the road, as is the Rock Creek Lakes Resort. This is a great place to wind down and enjoy a meal and drinks after an active day at Iris Slab.

Several other rock climbing and bouldering spots are located throughout the Rock Creek Canyon for those who want to continue exploring the area vertically.

Spend the day bonding with family and friends while you climb Iris Slab. Request to book now.

I also recommend the day trip to nearby Mt. Emerson for beginners and multi-level groups who want to do multiple climbs in the area.

Solo climbers are also more than welcome to join us at any time.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

About the guide

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Single Pitch Instructor

I am the founder of Golden State Guiding and an AMGA Apprentice Alpine and Splitboard Guide, a certified Single Pitch Instructor, and certified Wilderness First Responder and also hold an AIARE Pro 1 certificate.

At Golden State Guiding we hold a valid permit to guide you legally in California's Eastern Sierra mountains including Mammoth Lakes, Sequoia/ Kings National Park, Mount Shasta in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Joshua Tree National Park, Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego, and Red Rock Canyon just outside of Las Vegas Nevada. All Golden State Guiding guides are professionally trained by the AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association) and are some of the best Guides in the industry. Our professional Guides know exactly where to take you for your day out of rock, ice, or alpine climbing, backcountry skiing or splitboarding, and mountaineering in California or Nevada.

These are some of the spots where we can take you:

- Joshua Tree National Park

- San Diego (Mission Gorge or Mount Woodson)

- Eastern Sierra (Lone Pine Peak, Mt Emerson, Mount Sill and the entire Palisade Range, Bear Creek Spire, Temple Crag, Crystal Crag, Cardinal Pinnacle, Iris Slab, Mammoth Lakes Basin, Clark Canyon)

- Mount Shasta in Shasta-Trinity National Forest in the Southern Cascades

- Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area



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What people are saying about Ryan



Weather changed the event from 3 to 1 day and I was unable to summit in one day. Suggest the trip be delayed instead of trying to get it done in one day.



Patrick took me out to the Indian Cove! Loved the short approach and couldn’t asked for better weather. Patrick recommended great pitches where I could try new stuff like chimneying. Would definitely book again if I go back to JTree!



We had an excellent time with Chad on our multi -pitch day in Joshua Tree. My partner and I have some experience climbing sport routes, but had no experience with trad climbing or multi-pitch routes. Chad is a great instructor and led our routes with ease. We felt confident in his abilities to keep us safe and have fun. Will definitely book again with him.



Super easy to work with. Great communication. Great guide. Will definitely use again.



We booked through Ryan, and Daniel was our guide - absolutely brilliant, very down to earth and knowledgeable. The climbs themselves were awesome, with insane views. My partner is an experienced indoor climber, and I have close to no experience, especially outdoors, but still felt safe and in good hands. We did a half day, which was 5hrs, and got 4 climbs in, then stayed after the tour to walk around a bit more and have some snacks with a view (make sure you take food/water as there aren’t any shops inside the park). Definitely recommend.

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