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Description 

This remote and wild crag sits on the edge of the mesa west of Bluff Mesa Group Camp. The crag probably has one of the best outlooks of any crag in Southern California, with spectacular views across Bear Creek to Hwy 18 (Arctic Circle section), all the way to Mount Baldy. The rock is granite, about 80 feet high, with predominantly crack climbs, a number of which are very fine indeed. This coupled with the wildness, and the outlook makes it a very worthy destination.

A perfect counterpoint to Holcomb Valley Pinnacles.


Getting There 

From Big Bear Lake take the Mill Creek Road until it splits off right on a smaller dirt road to Bluff Mesa Group Campground. Park before you reach the campground, if you don't you'll get a lot of people staring at you, and maybe even asking you leave "their" campground.

Walk through the campground to it's western edge and start looking for either a cairn, or a plastic sign post (like the Joshua Tree Access Fund types) - once you find this you'll be set, carefully follow cairns and posts to a wide gully on the edge of the mesa which will lead down the slope and left to the bottom of the crag, it's about 1.5 miles following the cairns and wandering past many a likely candidate for good bouldering.

Be warned that's it's easy to get lost on the mesa, check your way there and be very aware of your surroundings. Some people have placed a set of cairns which run south to Siberia Creek, if, on the way back to the campground, you hit a trail next to a creek you've gone the wrong way and will need to back track.


23 Total Routes


['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',2],['5.8',3],['5.9',4],['5.10',5],['5.11',5],['5.12',3],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',1],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Black Bluff:
Scratch and Sniff   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Black Bluff - North Face : Black Bluff - N. Face (Righ...
Arctic Circle Jerk   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Black Bluff - North Face : Black Bluff - N. Face (Righ...
Black Bart   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Black Bluff - North Face : Black Bluff - N. Face (Righ...
After the Fire   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Black Bluff - North Face : Black Bluff - N. Face (Righ...
Aurora Borealis   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Black Bluff - North Face : Black Bluff - N. Face (Righ...
Black Beard   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Black Bluff - North Face : Black Bluff - N. Face (Righ...
Social D   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Black Bluff - North Face : Black Bluff - N. Face (Righ...
Shooting Star   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Black Bluff - North Face : Black Bluff - N. Face (Righ...
Slap and Tickle   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Black Bluff - West Face
Powder Finger   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Black Bluff - North Face : Black Bluff - N. Face (Righ...
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Lluis stretching to clip bolt 2.

Slap and Tickle 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b  CA : San Bernardino Mountains : ... : Black Bluff - West Face
Jam or lieback an easy hand/fist crack (5.8) to a stance then move left and climb the delicate slabby arete to the top. Excellent rock, excellent exposure and positioning with moves on the upper slab that are reminiscent of Suicide Rock. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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railroad gin v0 FA. JOE DE LUCA
railroad gin v0 FA. JOE DE LUCA
You cant miss the cairns.....
You cant miss the cairns.....
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Arctic Circle as seen from beneath Black Bluff.
Arctic Circle as seen from beneath Black Bluff.
v4 FA. Joe De Luca
v4 FA. Joe De Luca
Mount Baldy from Black Bluff.
Mount Baldy from Black Bluff.
Follow the cairn trail to the climbers trail
Follow the cairn trail to the climbers trail
Descend down this gully then to the left to get to the bottom of Black Bluff.
BETA PHOTO: Descend down this gully then to the left to get to...
As you get into the trail that is lined by beautiful manzanita,the cairns will be more frequent.Leading you up over a small ridge,then to the approach gully.
As you get into the trail that is lined by beautif...
GPS Coordinates 34.219833,-116.992667 <br />Start of the approach shortly after the Black Bluff campground <br />
GPS Coordinates 34.219833,-116.992667
Start of the...
Black Bluff
Black Bluff
Scott Nomi standing underneath the West Face.
Scott Nomi standing underneath the West Face.
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By Nelson Day
From: Joshua Tree, CA
Jun 10, 2013

This place is home to some of the best climbs I have done in the Big Bear area. Excellent view, great quality rock, and numerous excellent trad lines make this definitely worth the hike, which is also beautiful.

By Jeff Botimer
Jun 25, 2013

One of the best climbing spots in the San Bernardino Mountains. Beautiful location and great rock make this the best spot in the big bear area in my opinion.