Black Bluff Rock Climbing
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.
From Big Bear Lake take Mill Creek Road which turns into Forest Road 2N10 for about 3.5 miles to a Tee in the road and make a right on 2N86 following it until it splits off left on a smaller dirt road (2N86A) 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.
Weather station 1.7 miles from here
27 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Black Bluff
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Black Bluff:
Featured Route For Black Bluff
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GPS Coordinates 34.219833,-116.992667 Start of the...
You cant miss the cairns.....
BETA PHOTO: about 1 mile into the hike and passing several Cli...
A portion of the trail to Black Bluff, Big Bear So...
Follow the cairn trail to the climbers trail
BETA PHOTO: This is the turnoff for the Bluff Mesa Group Camp ...
BETA PHOTO: Descend down this gully then to the left to get to...
The Ant Boulder near Bluff Mesa CG, Big Bear South
As you get into the trail that is lined by beautif...
Mount Baldy from Black Bluff.
BETA PHOTO: Turn right onto 2N86 at this Tee in the road to re...
Arctic Circle as seen from beneath Black Bluff.
Trail marker on the way to Black Bluff, San Berna...
Scott Nomi standing underneath the West Face.
Cool Dino formation a stone's throw from Railroad ...
BETA PHOTO: Bluff Mesa Group Camp, Big Bear South
BETA PHOTO: South Shore Trail Network, Big Bear South
Black Bluff from Hwy 18, Big Bear South
By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
Aug 15, 2016
Thanks for the coordinates - I have fixed the location using these.
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.
Aug 22, 2015
Great small cliff, can climb most the routes in a day. All routes have rappel anchors so you only need one 60M rope for this cliff. Morning shade, only partial sun in the afternoon, never really got too hot.
By Jan Tarculas
From: Riverside, Ca
Sep 27, 2015
Went here for the first time last week. Probably the best crag I'ved climbed at in Big Bear area. Crag isn't hard to find once you spot the cairins from the parking area. The trail is heavily marked with plenty of cairins to get you to the right spot.
trail beta: You will eventually hit a logging road with a climbing sign right before it. Head left on the logging road passing another climbers sign into a huge open field. Pay attention of cairins and head straight through the open field and slightly left going up the next hill. You will be about 10 minutes from the crag once you hit the open field
Jul 10, 2016
The crag is west of the campground. Just keep walking west following the cairns and climbing access signs.
- **The GPS coordinates for the crag are incorrect. Do not use them!***
By Bradley Gorsline
From: Pasadena, California
Aug 14, 2016
As long as you can always see a cairn on the approach you shouldn't get lost (we did not do this). The correct GPS coordinates are 34.219833, -116.992667.