Lost Eye To The Moon is a rock formation in the The Alabama Hills
on the outskirts of Mount Whitney
in the Sierra Nevada Range
This formation is located just to the north of The Corridors, East End
and across the wash from Cattle Pocket
area. Lost Eye to the Moon could have easily been named Lost In the Shuffle since it was not explored for its climbing potential until the late 2000s, decades after The Corridors were climbed. The similarity between this formation and The Corridors, East End is uncanny, in shape and in character. The only difference seems to be that it is much lower angle than its close cousin. The slabby nature of this formation coupled with the grainy surface could have been the reason for this lack of attention.
Once the climbing potential on Lost Eye to the Moon was recognized, several routes on its east face were established. These routes are all bolted and have their own anchors. If you are looking for difficult and steep climbing, you may want to visit the routes on the inside of The Corridors. Lost Eye to the Moon is for beginners and out of shape climbers. The routes' difficulty range from 5.1 to 5.7. The easiest routes are on the left side and they get progressively more difficult on steeper rock on the right side. There is even a two-pitch route on the right side, named Eye For An Eye. The first pitch goes as 5.6 and the well-bolted second pitch goes as 5.7.
How to Get to Lost Eye to the Moon
From the town of Lone Pine, California, on Highway 395 take Whitney Portal Road at the only traffic light in town. Drive 2.7 miles west on this road to intersect Movie Road
. Turn right onto the Movie Road. This road is paved for a short distance then it turns into a dirt road. The first dirt road to intersect the Movie Road heads for Shark's Fin
. Miss this one and drive about half a mile to the next dirt road from the left. Turn into this one and pass by Paul's Paradise
. Shortly further up the road you will see the Blackhawk Pinnacle
and the beginning of Cattle Pocket. Before reaching the Blackhawk Pinnacle look for a dirt road to your right. Take this road that should head north for a short distance then west, left again. Note; taking this side road avoids having to cross the wash that is deeper a bit further. Stay on this road all the way to the East End of The Corridors. Lost Eye to the Moon
is just to the north of the The Corridors, East End
Select Routes of Lost Eye to the Moon
|1||Fiddlin' Buckaroo, 5.1 bolts, anchor|
|2||Rootin' Tootin' Rhythem, bolts, anchor|
|3||Rhythem on The Range, 5.5, bolts, anchor|
|4||Riders of the Purple Sage, 5.7, bolts, anchor|
|5||Eye For An Eye, 5.7, bolts, anchor|
|6||Replikator, 5.7, bolts, anchor|
Corridors, East End on the left and Lost Eye to the Moon on the right
Although many parties camp within the parking areas of the Alabama Hills, this practice is highly discouraged. The area suffers from mismanaged campsites and blackened caves. There are two campgrounds very close to the Alabama Hills. Lone Pine Campground
is further up the road on Whitney Portal Road
, and Tuttle Creek Campground
is within a few miles up Horseshoe Meadow Road.
If you don't mind driving another fifty miles, there are many campgrounds along Bishop Creek just to the west of Bishop. There are also many places in The Buttermilks area that are close to a creek that are suitable for camping. Please do not camp in The Buttermilks bouldering area. That area is very crowded and is suffering from the impact unregulated camping has caused.
The following links should help finding a good campsite
Horton Creek Campground
Rock Creek Canyon
Inyo National Forest
Bishop Creek and vicinity camping