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By Federico
Sep 6, 2012
I am looking to do an overnight backpacking trip somewhere in so cal, but i want to do some climbing as well, mostly top roping. Does anyone have any suggestions as far as any crags in so cal that require a considerable hike to get too? I know you can camp and hike/climb in places like joshua tree, but hiking to the camping location where i could then climb is more of what i am looking for...
Suggestions?

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By Fat Dad
From Los Angeles, CA
Sep 6, 2012
That's an interesting question. I could have sworn that there would be someplace like that but, off the top of my head, I can't think of anything. The bouldering at the Tram is probably too far off from the campground. I've hiked a far bit up around San Gorgonio, but don't recall seeing anything that looked interesting up there. I have to think the San Jacintos is your best bet. I just don't know what specifically you'd find, at least that's near an established trail or water source.

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By Ryan Strickland
From Idyllwild, CA
Sep 6, 2012
Hike to the top of Suicide from the Tramway. I'm not sure if that is technically allowed to camp there or not so you should check with the forest service because it is in the San Jacinto Wilderness.

Assuming that is what you do, you can camp somewhere up on top of Suicide and walk down to climb. 9.2 miles one-way from the tram, no water options at the campsite.

That being said, I'm not sure why you'd want to hike a rack of gear and rope 10 miles just to top rope at an area you can easily access with a 20 minute hike. But hey, to each his own.

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By Federico
Sep 6, 2012
Yeah no if i was going to do that i would just go to joshua tree and hike and come back to camp to get gear and climb.... More than anything it is just me and a friend doing a small training trip before doing the high sierra trail finishing up and over mount whitney, but i wanted to be able to get some climbing in while we are out. I was thinking about Mt. giorgino too but i couldn't find any real climbing in the area. Since it is a training trip we were going to fill our packs anyway which is why i wouldn't necessarily mind carrying the gear, and since we have our packs, bringing a bouldering pad to do some bouldering is out of the question.

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By Fat Dad
From Los Angeles, CA
Sep 7, 2012
I think your best bet is probably something in the Whitney area. Granite all over the place up there. Some folks recently established some new routes not far out of the Cottonwood Creek trailhead (Fishsticks Buttress or something like that) that they reported in Supertopo. There's probably something you could find in the Domelands area too. Not really So Cal in the sense you were thinking, but the drive will only be an additional hour or so.

The only other thing jumping out at me is the Mt. Pacifico area. Kind of chossy granite, but the road leading out to it has been closed so you should have the place to yourself. You'll probably have to luck your own water though.

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By Guy Keesee
From Moorpark, CA
Sep 7, 2012
Big Boulder, just a bit downhill from Temple of Kali. Alabama Hills, CA.
EZ... Horse Flats, Top Rope (upper spot) But camp in the Camp Ground. Walk to the TR area, takes about 30 min.... take the long way like I do... getting lost adds at least 20 min...

Or ... hike to Mt. Pacifico up the road that is closed.


Now if you really want to do "a considerable hike" .... go check out the big stone that you can see from the 210 out by Upland, on Coucomounga (SP) Pk. It's big, but as far as I can tell no one has gone their..... so take many pictures and do a Trip Report....

Just kidding .... on the last one.

Oh... To Dad.... I have been "Working" all over the CottonWood aera, all that stone you see is tiny... some really fine bouldering in the trees along the start of the trail to the lakes, but most of the stone is small shattered stuff. The "Fish Buttress" is not Tope Ropeable.. unless you got a 400 foot cord....

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By Brent Apgar
From Out of the Loop
Sep 7, 2012
Me and Spearhead
J-Tree would still work. You can get a back country permit and hike as far as you'd like out into the N. Wonderland and do some climbing while you're out there.
Queen Mnt isn't as far to get to but it's another option.
As for what to TR once you're out there... you'll have to hope someone else posts up cause I don't have a clue.

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By Federico
Sep 9, 2012
thank you everyone for your replies, it's given me quite a bit to research now. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction :D

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