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Cardinal Pinnacle: Regular Route

Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, California

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  • A view from the route.- Cardinal Pinnacle: Regular Route
  • Descending from Cardinal Pinnacle.- Cardinal Pinnacle: Regular Route
  • Fixed ropes on the ascent of Cardinal Pinnacle.- Cardinal Pinnacle: Regular Route
  • The first belay station on Cardinal Pinnacle.- Cardinal Pinnacle: Regular Route
  • The first pitch of Cardinal Pinnacle.- Cardinal Pinnacle: Regular Route
  • Cardinal Pinnacle from the road.- Cardinal Pinnacle: Regular Route
  • Cardinal Pinnacle from the road.- Cardinal Pinnacle: Regular Route
  • Approaching Cardinal Pinnacle.- Cardinal Pinnacle: Regular Route
  • Gearing up for Cardinal Pinnacle.- Cardinal Pinnacle: Regular Route
  • The view toward Lake Sabrina from Cardinal Pinnacle.- Cardinal Pinnacle: Regular Route
  • Looking east from Cardinal Pinnacle.- Cardinal Pinnacle: Regular Route
  • Looking north from Cardinal Pinnacle.- Cardinal Pinnacle: Regular Route
  • Looking south from Cardinal Pinnacle.- Cardinal Pinnacle: Regular Route
  • The scree descent down Cardinal Pinnacle.- Cardinal Pinnacle: Regular Route
  • An off-width section on Cardinal Pinnacle.- Cardinal Pinnacle: Regular Route
  • The view from the top of Cardinal Pinnacle.- Cardinal Pinnacle: Regular Route
  • A rappel chain from the top of Cardinal Pinnacle.- Cardinal Pinnacle: Regular Route
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Not too crowded. Easy access.
Cons: 
Limited parking.
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Region:
Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Recommended Equipment:
Harness / rope / anchors, Additional ice tools, Helmets
Alpine climbing NCCS rating: 
Grade V
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,006.00 ft (306.63 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.00 mi (1.61 km)
Trailhead Elevation: 
8,668.00 ft (2,642.01 m)
Current Local Weather:
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Cardinal Pinnacle is a 500-foot granite rock spire in Bishop, California. With 13 different routes to the top of its spire, Cardinal Pinnacle is great for all skill levels. Of these, Regular Route is the easiest, and it is great for beginner multi-pitch climbing with clean crack climbing.

Located just 30 minutes from Bishop just past the small town of Aspendell, this area is very visible from the road. There aren't a lot of parking spaces, and you are encouraged to get there early to snag one of the best spots along the road. From the road, climb over a small talus gully to the base.

Regular Route is graded a 5.6 trad climb route that consists of three pitches over a 400-foot ascent. The route follows the crack in the left-facing corner, after which it starts to curve right after the second pitch. To descend, you can rappel from the chain link on the top of the climb and walk down through the scree gully back to the road.

Because this route is short and so easy to access, this can be done early in the morning before it gets too hot in the summer months.

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