Ice Climbing in the Eastern Sierra

Picture yourself picking your way up a frozen waterfall as the spikes of your crampons and the points of your axes dig into the ice.

Mammoth Lakes is close to two notable ice climbing areas, one in June Lake and one in Lee Vining, the latter of which was featured on ABC as a world-class ice climbing destination. 

Ramp up the adventure factor with a two-day lesson with the Sierra Mountain Center and learn the basics of equipment selection, axe and crampon usage, front pointing skills and moving on ice. 

June Lake 

The June Lake area, which is 20 minutes north of Mammoth Lakes, features easily accessible one – two pitch climbs in a gorgeous alpine setting. June Lake is ideal for beginners to start honing their skills before moving on to Lee Vining Canyon.

Lee Vining Canyon

Lee Vining Canyon is a premier California ice climbing destination for beginners and advanced climbers alike. You’ll find dozens of routes ranging from one – three pitches. Routes range from WI2 to WI5 M5. Lee Vining Canyon also happens to be one of the best areas in the nation to receive ice climbing instruction. The ice climbing season typically lasts from December to March, depending on the weather.