Hiked up Owens and the true summit of Five Fingers the day after Scodie.
Slog up slope on east side then scramble up fifth finger.
quick and fun
Just had time for the 5th finger main tower. Lots of good climbing available here.
We headed up from the parking/camping area just a bit further than Powers Well. Stepped up the sand and scree, crossed the saddle between fingers 4 and 5, and walked down and around to the NE approach. Mellow class 3, and thankfully back to the car before noon on a 103 degree day!
I've done this more than once using the HPS route. Good views and a great conditioning hike followed by a fun scramble. I've seen other class 3-4 routes I'd like to attempt.
Climbed the 1, 4, and 5. Have to come back for 2 and 3. Really cool rock formations.
I climbed the highest finger in November 2007 and in April 2008. It's one way to work up a thirst before visiting the nearby Indian Wells Brewery.
Tiring sand slog up to the base of the rocks, but fun after that.
Walked up the carved steps on the north face of the 5th finger w/ James Barnett (sayyestocrack). We looked at the other fingers, got annoyed with the decomposing granite, heard the band warming up down at the brewery, and headed down to Octoberfest.
I went on a hike to Five Fingers on Tuesday, April 7th 2009. The hike started at 1:00PM in the Indian Wells Valley where the desert environment was warm, windy, and not too hot. We parked on a dirt road, and started our ascent.
Heading East from our parking area we crossed a wash, and then started uphill. While it is only 1.1 miles to the summit the elevation gain is 1725 feet. Looking up at the Five Fingers we made our way up angling through the scree toward the saddle between the fourth and the fifth finger which took 1 hour and 25 minutes.
We started making our way around the rocks until we located two ravines leading up. We decided to ascend one of the class 4 chutes which fortunately led us to a point where a summit approach was possible. We reached the windy perch, signed the register, and took some pictures. I was able to take pictures of the ridge where we had done the Decapeak Hike ( 4 were necessary).
We started working our way down. Author Ruby Jenkins (Exploring the Southern Sierra: East Side) had made the approach to the peak another way so we decided to check it out. Somebody had cut small “steps” down a class 3 chute which made it much easier to descend.
It took us about 30 minutes to scree ski down the slope to our vehicle. The hike took 3 hours to go 2 miles with an elevation gain of 1725 feet.
A cool breezy day after a rainstorm--you could see for about 100 miles. The dog tried to do it, but couldn't.
Climbed all five with Tom Becht and Gordon approaching from the north side. A beautiful day. Did one 4th class route and the rest were class 3. We noted the class 3 route up #5 with steps cut in the rock. But as you look south towards #5 from its base, there is a far more interesting class 3 chute just to the left of the chute with the steps.
Nice late afternoon scramble (despite the wind!) with TT up the Fifth Finger.
Miguel had a nice lead that seemed a little stiffer than 5.6 (like he said). Fun route despite the wind
Climbed the 5th, 4th and 1st finger with Brad Mastros on a windy and cool day. On the 5th finger, we took a more direct route on the south face that felt like 5.7. Too windy and cold to try the 3rd and 2nd finger! Now I have to go back sometime and finish those off!
Part 2 of our southern Sierra day trip. Climbed 5th and then 4th Finger with Ryan (crescentstrife) but let him do the false peak on his own.
Short but enjoyable scramble. Report
Climbed all five plus the 2 "bonus fingers" SE of the ridge. Plenty of suspect holds and grit, but all in all a great day.
Live near the five fingers and like to hike up there often. Fun place to hike/climb.