Bear Creek Spire

This striking spire sits at the head of the Rock Creek drainage.  With amazing views and varied climbing, Bear Creek Spire is one of the best summits in the Sierra. We suggest this climb in a 2-day format.

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Bear Creek Spire

Bear Creek Spire (13,713 ft.)

Bear Creek Spire photo: Jonathan Byers

Bear Creek Spire
photo: Jonathan Byers

Northeast Ridge – III, 5.5
North Arête – III, 5.8

Bear Creek Spire is an amazing high peak on the Sierra Crest, located at the head of the Rock Creek drainage. It is striking from all sides and has two classic routes that every Sierra mountaineer should experience, all the way to the top of an exciting summit block. They are the Northeast Ridge and the North Arete. The Northeast ridge is a long, moderate ridge climb with a few technical moments. A great initiation into Sierra alpine climbing and an extremely fun and exciting route. The North Arete is steeper and more sustained with a higher level of technical climbing required. A beautiful and striking feature that makes a great way to climb the peak for a more experienced and able climber.

TRIP ITINERARY: Bear Creek Spire


Meet for breakfast in Bishop and do a final pack check at the SMG office. Drive up the Rock Creek Canyon to the top of the road at Mosquito Flat (10,000 ft.). This is where the approach begins. We hike until we arrive at a beautiul camp near Dade Lake.


Finish the approach in the alpenglow and climb the Northeast Ridge or the North Arete. Summit the spire and descend by the 3rd class route over Cox Col to camp. Hike back to the trailhead and celebrate an amazing and successful trip.

Additional Information

  • Prior wilderness camping experience
  • Excellent physical fitness and stamina
  • Prior multi-pitch climbing experience to either 5.6 or 5.8, and comfortable climbing these grades at altitude