Family-Friendly Rock Climbing in Mammoth Lakes

Oct 15, 2020

Mammoth Lakes offers a vast array of opportunities for families looking to climb together in the Eastern Sierra. From easy accessibility via bouldering to challenging multi-pitch routes, the scenery and variety will leave everyone from your youngest scramblers to the most proficient in your group, happy they are scaling the heights together.

Where to Go Rock Climbing with Kids in Mammoth Lakes

Many families who climb with their children like to start their kids out on the slabs behind Horseshoe Lake in the Mammoth Lakes Basin. For bouldering, another favorite is The Catacombs behind Crowley Lake overlooking the Owen’s Gorge.

Want to explore the region, but aren’t sure where to start? Do you need help assessing your family member’s abilities or have a mixed group and want a private excursion to fit your group? If so, check out the guided climbs and camps available from local guide services.

Guided Family-Friendly Rock Climbing in Mammoth Lakes

Group Up Climbing Guides in Mammoth Lakes offers many family-friendly climbing options including group climbs, private guided climbs, and summer camps for kids. Owned and run by Clay Tyson, a local climber and ski instructor who has been guiding for 8 years and climbing for 20, Clay can take a family of all experience levels and ages (starting at age 5 and up) and provides everything you need for the excursion including helmets, harnesses, and shoes.

Family Rock Climbing Trips with Ground Up Climbing Guides

Guided climbs start at $200 for the first person and $65/each additional person. ½ day climbs (4 hours) are recommended when climbing with children. For reservations and questions, contact Clay at 609-647-4787 or visit the Group Up Climbing Guides website.

Kids Rock Climbing Camps with Ground Up Climbing Guides

Ground Up Climbing Guides offers a Kids’ Climbing Camp for children ages 8-15 at Clark Canyon, just seven miles north of the turn off for Mammoth Lakes on the 395. The two-day course costs $245 and is offered at several dates throughout the summer. Covering rappelling, ‘mock’ lead climbing, belaying and more, kids will love the introduction to advanced techniques and days full of climbing.

Note: The camp is for children who have some experience climbing as it focuses on more advanced terrain and harder routes.

Check out the Group Up Climbing Guides website for more information.

Charlotte Kaufman

Charlotte Kaufman grew up in Alaska and started traveling internationally at the age of 16. A sailor since 2005, she and her family were part of a dramatic at-sea rescue in the spring of 2014 while en route to the South Pacific. She has just completed a memoir about the experience and is seeking to…

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