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Castle Rock - Southwest Face

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Ball and Chain S 
Cryptology S 
Great Steps of Cheops, The T,TR 
Sphynx, The T 
Turret, The T 

Castle Rock - Southwest Face 


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Elevation: 7,400'
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Administrators: C Miller, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: C Miller on Mar 21, 2007
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Description 

The Southwest Face is slightly shorter and less steep than the South Face with several moderate cracks and a couple of sport routes. Morning shade and then sun until fairly late in the day.

The Sphynx (5.6), Ball and Chain (5.9+), Cryptology (5.10b) and Holy Fingers (5.11b) are the climbs to seek out here.


Getting There 

Hike west along the base past the South Face until you reach this portion of Castle Rock.


Climbing Season


5 Total Routes


['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',2],['5.10',1],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['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 Castle Rock - Southwest Face:
The Sphynx   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
The Turret   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 90'   
Ball and Chain   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Cryptology   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Featured Route For Castle Rock - Southwest Face
The Turret, (5.8) <br /> <br /> <br />photo credits to Chris Miller

The Turret 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CA : San Bernardino Mountains : ... : Castle Rock - Southwest Fac...
One of the better 5.8's in the SB's! Great features throughout this route and plenty of pro along the way. A great warm-up to the harder moderates on the crag. 3-stars for sure!...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Castle Rock - Southwest Face, Big Bear
Castle Rock - Southwest Face, Big Bear
Ball & chain is just to the right of this photo. The Great steps of Cheops 5.8 & The Syphnx 5.6 are on this face both have no bolts but they share chains at the top.
BETA PHOTO: Ball & chain is just to the right of this photo. T...
Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Castle Rock - Southwest Face, Big Bear
Castle Rock - Southwest Face, Big Bear
Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Christian Sweetsheppard follows The Turret.
Christian Sweetsheppard follows The Turret.
Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Southwest Face of Castle Rock.  <br /> <br />The climbing rope in this photo hangs atop the Great Steps of Cheops and crosses the Sphinx and Ball & Chain.
Southwest Face of Castle Rock.

The climbing rope...
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