Wine Spires

Moderate alpine rock climbs from 4 to 12 pitches of 5.8 and harder near Washington Pass. Climb on the famous Burgundy Spire, Chablis Spire, Chanti Spire, Paisano Pinnacle, and Whine Spire.


Drive SR-20 past the hairpin turn just east of Washington Pass to the next major pullout on the right hand side near Milepost 166.


 Look for climbers trail that drops down from from highway and immediately crosses the creek and then heads steeply upwards towards the bench camp at 6,500 ft.   Water can be found here but will be limited or non-existent late summer and early fall.

climbing routes

Burgundy Spire (8.400 ft)

  • Action Potential (III 5.10c, 8 pitches)
  • North Face (III 5.8, 7 pitches)
  • Ultra Mega OK (III+ 5.11a, 8 pitches)

chablis spire (8,350 ft)

  • East Face (II 5.6R, 5 pitches)

chianti spire (8,400 ft)

  • Rebel Yell (III 5.10b, 7 pitches)

paisano pinnacle (7,900 ft)

  • West Ridge (5.8, 8 pitches)
  • Rampage (5.10)

Whine Spire (8,500 ft)

  • Gato Negro (IV+ 5.10d)


  • Paisano Pinnacle & Burgundy Spire


  • Guidebook Reference: Washington Pass Climbing by Ian Nicholson (SuperTopo 2012).
  • Suitable Activities: Climbing
  • Climbing Category: Intermediate Alpine
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Intermediate Rock Climb
  • Length: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,000 ft
  • 8,500 ft
  • USGS Washington Pass
  • USGS Silver Star Mtn
  • Green Trails Washington Pass No. 50
Trip Reports

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  • Burgundy Spire
  • Burgundy Spire/Action Potential
  • Burgundy Spire/North Face
  • Burgundy Spire/Ultra Mega OK
  • Chablis Spire
  • Chablis Spire/East Face
  • Chianti Spire
  • Chianti Spire/Rebel Yell
  • Paisano Pinnacle
  • Paisano Pinnacle/West Ridge
  • Paisano Pinnacle/Rampage
  • Paisano Pinnacle & Burgundy Spire
  • Whine Spire
  • Whine Spire/Gato Negro

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