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.
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 2 miles 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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From: Big Bear Lake, CA
Feb 12, 2014
Hey! If you're bummed about the slush and lack of snow on the slopes, Castle Rock is pretty dry now and the trail is pretty clear of slush/morning ice. Everything but the North Face seems to be dry and clear of snow.
I've been having tons of fun with the rock to myself, but it'd be great to see some more climbers out there enjoying the depressingly early season.
|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.
|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.
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.