NORTH EAST RIDGE, BEAR CREEK SPIRE // JOHN MUIR WILDERNESS, INYO NATIONAL FOREST
Trad, Low 5th Class, Grade III // Elevation: 13,713' // Trip Length 2-3 days
A true classic in it's own right, Bear Creek Spire demands your attention the minute you hit the trail just past Rock Creek Lake. The approach alone is worth it's weight in gold as you pass through beautiful alpine meadows known as Little Lakes Valley via the Mosquito Flats trail. Bear Creek Spire's most traveled route is the North East Ridge, coming in at a moderate low 5th class with the occasional harder move up high but as usual don't let this modest grade fool you. Exposure is abundant on many features as you approach the ridge proper adding an extra level of adventure to your climb. A favorite among many, the North East Ridge of Bear Creek Spire is a great way to experience what the Sierra has to offer. We'd recommend this route for the budding alpine climber looking to get familiar with alpine terrain and build their resume for larger objectives.