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Castle Rock  


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Elevation: 7,400'
Location: 34.2295, -116.9587 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Isaac T. on Mar 19, 2007  with updates from JCPace
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Description 

An amazing crag, with superb quality granite located on top of a rather steep hill with jaw dropping views of the mountains and Big Bear Lake. It is a rather secluded area although during the summer due to its high elevation and relatively shady setting the area can attract quite a few climbers. Due to its high elevation it can get a bit breezy and chilly in the late afternoon.

Getting There 

This area can be a little tricky to find as it is marked by a rather small trail sign and the parking area is down the road a bit from the trail. But it is off HWY 18 about 1 mile from the dam. If you are coming from Running springs at the dam you would turn right across the dam and drive for about 2 miles the trail is on your right. The parking area is about 200 feet further on HWY 18 on your Left. The trail is a surprisingly steep lung buster, the trail is in good condition though and as you get higher the views get even more amazing. Near the top the trail can get a little hard to find but just follow the footprints in a generally south east direction and you will see the crag. The trail is about a mile, and up until April or even May you can be walking through snow to get to Castle Rock, so dress accordingly.

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Weather station 0.5 miles from here

27 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]
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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Castle Rock:
The Sphynx   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Castle Rock - Southwest Fac...
Chainmail   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Castle Rock - Southeast Fac...
Black Tower Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Castle Rock - East Face
Crossbow   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Castle Rock - Southeast Fac...
The Turret   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 90'   Castle Rock - Southwest Fac...
The Drawbridge   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Castle Rock - Southeast Fac...
Ball and Chain   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Castle Rock - Southwest Fac...
Headwall Center   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Castle Rock - Black Tower B...
Cryptology   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Castle Rock - Southwest Fac...
Knightline   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Castle Rock - Southeast Fac...
Hard As Your Husband   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Castle Rock - East Face
Castle Crack   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Castle Rock - South Face
The Roofs   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Castle Rock - South Face
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Featured Route For Castle Rock
Castle Crack

Castle Crack 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  CA : San Bernardino Mountains : ... : Castle Rock - South Face
Located to the right of Pigeon Wings and The Roofs. Starts off in a thin crack. Meander up and left (10d) or right (10c) to a small alcove, then work your way up the groove.Some call it the best crack in the SB's,that is debatable....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Castle Rock Slideshow Add Photo
Nothing but blue skies and tall trees, Castle Rock
Nothing but blue skies and tall trees, Castle Rock
On the way towards Castle Rock looking North towar...
On the way towards Castle Rock looking North towar...
The climber at the bottom gives perspective to the...
The climber at the bottom gives perspective to the...
Big Bear Lake from the top of Castle Rock, Big Bea...
Big Bear Lake from the top of Castle Rock, Big Bea...
Looking North alongside Castle Rock with Big Bear ...
Looking North alongside Castle Rock with Big Bear ...
The summit!! It is flat and big up there.
The summit!! It is flat and big up there.
There was a quite a bit snow up here as of March 1...
BETA PHOTO: There was a quite a bit snow up here as of March 1...
The view from the top looking towards Boulder Bay
The view from the top looking towards Boulder Bay
Old and weathered trail sign, Castle Rock
Old and weathered trail sign, Castle Rock
Ahh yes the reward for the slog up the hill!
Ahh yes the reward for the slog up the hill!
Almost looking like a Castle, with the Black Tower...
BETA PHOTO: Almost looking like a Castle, with the Black Tower...
Look out for this sign, hard to see when you are h...
BETA PHOTO: Look out for this sign, hard to see when you are h...

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By john durr
From: Joshua Tree, CA
Sep 28, 2007
The trail from the highway to Castle Rock starts at:

N 34 deg 14' 12.1" / W 116 deg 57' 42.2" / Elev 6,845

Castle Rock South Face is at:

N 34 deg 13' 51.3" / W 116 deg 57' 41.9" / Elev 7,330

There is also a small east facing slab about 100 yards northwest of Castle Rock that is an ok place with a couple easier cracks. There is a short seam/lieback there 5.9ish with a hangerless old bolt.
By Ian McG
Jun 17, 2013
Was out hiking today (6/17) and found some gear at some of the bolted anchors on one of the routes on the SW face. PM me with a description to get your gear back to ya.

-Ian
By Nick Tunnicliffe
Aug 3, 2013
I was just out there a week ago or something. The last week of July. I found a draw on the black tower, or whatever it is called. It's by the southeast face. If you want it, let me know what it is.
By mhagny
Aug 28, 2013
On the main trail, when you get to the split-log benches, be sure to go right. This is the main trail, but can escape notice since it goes steep on the rock outcropping there.
By spencerstewart
From: Big Bear Lake, CA
Oct 28, 2014
Cleaning out Castle Rock's Crevices
Cleaning out Castle Rock's Crevices

Had a lot of fun slipping into the crevices and cleaning all the trash out. There was some old stuff in there, including a few camera lens covers, haha. Keep it clean!