Northeast Ridge, Bear Creek Spire 5.5


High Sierra, California USA

  • Currently 4.0/5
Avg time to climb route: 3-6 hours
Approach time: 3-4 hours
Descent time: 3-5 hours
Number of pitches: N/A
Height of route: 1200'
Many people debate which Bear Creek Spire route is more classic: the Northeast Ridge or North ArÍte? The Northeast Ridge follows a striking ridgeline while the North ArÍte ascends the most dramatic arÍte on the face. Both routes are awesome and your choice of which route to climb will be more about whether you want sustained technical climbing (North ArÍte) or mostly 4th class terrain (Northeast Ridge). While in the past this route has been rated 4th class, we call it 5.5 because we do not know anyone who has done the route and not encountered more than a few fifth class sections.
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Source: SuperTopo Guidebook Staff Last update: August 9, 2018
Bear Creek Spire - Northeast Ridge 5.5 - High Sierra, California USA. Click to Enlarge
The route as seen from above Dade Lake.
Photo: Chris McNamara
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The route from just above Dade Lake.
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