Located at just over 8000' in elevation and with most climbs facing north or northwest, this crag is a good bet for warm weather climbing. After a good winter snow can linger at the base until late May or early June which can provide an air conditioner effect to the crag.
The rock is composed of granite, and while generally solid tends to be somewhat dirty owing to it's northern orientation - some routes may need a bit more scrubbing or simply more traffic.
There are currently about a dozen routes here making it a good choice for a stop on the way to/from Big Bear or in conjunction with some time at the nearby Onyx Summit Crag. The standout routes here are El Rayo (5.10b) which takes steep cracks up the cleanest section of rock on the wall, Out of Sight (5.10b) a slightly overhanging arete on the left margin of the crag and P.H.D. (5.10c) a varied route up a slightly overhanging face to a flared corner and roof.
Located on the east side of Highway 38 about 0.25 miles north of the 8000' elevation marker.
Limited parking is found across from the crag on the west side of Highway 38 at the entrance to Laurel Pines Camp (park in the dirt and don't block the road into the Camp). From the parking area carefully cross the Highway and then follow an obvious trail to the crag. The approach takes all of three minutes in flip-flops.
This climb takes a more or less straight line up to the top of the crag. The meat of the climb is found in the first 30 feet, but the climbing above while much easier (5.10), is still enjoyable with good moves in an exposed position.Start directly below the 1st bolt and the fang of rock that sticks out of the crag about 20 feet up. Delicately move up to the first bolt (some people may prefer to stick clip this). Continue with some technical moves up to a good hold and the second bolt. Now...[more]Browse More Classics in CA
Whats up with all the random bolts here? Theres one like 3 feet off the ground on the right side wall. Then there is one on 2 foot high rock on the left side wall. And if you scrabmble around to the top of the right side wall, there are 2 in the wierdest spots.
Anyone know why there's a private property sign now drilled into the rock here? Should we not climb here now? I live 5 minutes from here so it would be disappointing to not be able to climb here anymore...