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Basic Alpine Climb - Yellowjacket Tower/East Flank

Unsuccessful because of insufficient beta on website.

  • Road suitable for all vehicles

Website beta is out-of-date and incomplete. Correct beta: Parking pullout is beyond Snow Creek trailhead but before Eight Mile Campground. After crossing bridge, reach fork in road. Just a few feet up the left fork, see the start of a climbers' trail marked by two cairns and flagging (this is a better approach than the old climber's trail past Rat Boulder). The trail leads steeply up (south) to the base of the main gully below the tower (put on hardhats here). Ascend to below a large chockstone. Move right out of the gully, then scramble back left above the boulder (note: do not move left immediately above the boulder, but rather from a little higher). This traverse is exposed; recommend belay for folks new to rock-climbing. Continue up gully until several large ponderosa pine trees can be seen about 200 feet away on the right, near a wall with "chickenhead" knobs. Traverse to trees. Belay from pine closest to  wall. Climb up gully next to wall (class 4) to an anchor (two bolts). From here, climb a short pitch up an irregular, right-facing dihedral on the right side of the gully. Follow rest of beta on website.