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Submitted By: KraigP on Oct 5, 2008
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The Bonita Crag is located in South County San Diego. It's a little known area with 4 easily accessible routes 3 of which are good quality. The rock itself is high quality. This is the ideal spot for a climber in the area to throw up a climb without the drive and when time is of the essence. Unsure of when the area was developed it's enjoyable and rarely climbed due to little knowledge of the area.

Getting There 

Take the 805 freeway to 54 east. Take the Briarwood exit and head south (right) to the bottom of the hill. Turn left on Sweetwater road. Stay straight for about 2 miles and turn right on Quarry road. There's construction in the area. Drive to where the houses end and pull off the road and park. Make the 5 minute hike under the bridges to the visible pipe. Hike down the hill and the wall is on the left.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.0 miles from here

4 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Bonita:
Don't Kick the Baby   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
Respect My Authority   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
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Featured Route For Bonita
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Sexual Harassment Panda 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CA : San Diego County : Bonita
A good climb with a fun start using a crack and some finger pockets to a mantle. From there climb up to the right of the arete to the crux of the climb. Top out at the anchors....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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By KraigP
Oct 5, 2008
I'm still working on completing the climbs with my climbing partner and will post more about the area as we get the chance to climb it more.
By KraigP
Oct 20, 2008
I see activity at the crag! Anyone on here been there? If so post up please!!!!
By Bill Olszewski
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Mar 2, 2009
Great little place for a half day of climbing. Rock quality is pretty solid. The bolts and shuts all seem good but I won't complain if anyone wants to replace the open-shut anchors! (I guess it's just mental) Just out of curiosity, Kraig, where did you find route name info?

Pay attention to the weather as this small gorge must be very dangerous in flash flood conditions! (There's a reason all that bamboo is laying on its side...)
By KraigP
Mar 20, 2009
Bill. We had posted a sign on the rock asking anyone who knew about the area to call me, and sought to find the developer of the area. Never found anything out, so as we cleaned up the rock a little we started to name the climbs based on South Park. But if someone knows the actual names I'd love to know them. I really want to know who developed the area. I've cleaned up some of the trash before but it just keeps coming back. I'm glad people are using it. It's not too bad if you live down here and don't want to drive.
By KraigP
Mar 20, 2009
Bill when were you there last? I'm out of climbing for awhile. I tore two ligaments while bouldering at Solid Rock OT about 3 weeks ago and will be moving out of town in June for 7 months, so I wont be around. Was there chalk on the wall? Did it look like someone had been there at all?
By jack howard
Mar 27, 2011
saw your older post. ive been going for yrs. was basicly closed for few yrs why freeway was being built. seven routes. main wall on north side are best.4 routes left to right are 11b,10c,12a, and 9. south side are 10a,10b and 8. good sport wall to hit up once or twice yr
By Jeff Ludwig
From: phoenix, Az
Mar 6, 2012
Having grown up in Bonita in the 80's, my friend Dave and I went into this canyon in '86 to check out the climbing potential. We found fixed pins in some cracks and did some climbing there.
By Jim H
From: Pasadena, CA
Jul 23, 2012
All of these routes are top-rope(able). Just approach the face from the top and not too much exposure to get to the anchors (IMOP).
By SCherry
From: San Diego, CA
Jul 29, 2012
Bill Maki bolted this cliff and I'm pretty sure the 5.12 is called King Snake. Apparently when he placed the anchors there was a big ole king snake at the top of the cliff, thus the name.
By Paul Salmons
Oct 8, 2012
Went out here to Bonita yesterday. Had a lot of problems finding the climb. When you first head out here, stay left along the dirt trail, you will be looking for a big white pipe spanning a gap over a small creek. That pipe is also in a semi fenced in area (most predominant man made thing out there till you hike in a little further). Once you reach this part, head down the steep hill/rocks on the right side of the fence. All in all this place is pretty trashy and a little sketchy but some decent climbing.
By Sdm1568
From: Ca
May 19, 2013
Climbed here a few times in the last week (most local rock). There is a large beehive you can see when hiking down to the start of these climbs - be careful as they swarmed last time I was there. No one was stung or attacked but figured we were pushing our luck, so we left - I'm not sure if anyone knows of a bee service that's does free removal or maybe allied climbers?
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