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Center/Headwall Rock Climbing 

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Location: 32.90462, -116.81783 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Marc Kajut, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Marc Kajut on Feb 2, 2006

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The Center/Headwall is south-facing and receives sunlight most of the day. Temperatures may be a few degrees higher than El Cajon, so if climbing in the summer make sure to bring plenty of water.

The rock is granite and generally good; however, due to the number of climbs and pattern of development, rock fall from other climbers necessitates wearing a helmet.

Getting There 

The approach from the road is approximately 60 to 90 minutes with an elevation gain of about 1,800 feet.

Climbing Season

For the El Cajon Mountain area.

Weather station 1.5 miles from here

13 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Center/Headwall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Center/Headwall:
The Swiftness   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Center Direct   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 4 pitches, 450'   
Spitfire   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   
Black Castle   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Swiftness Direct   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   
Tears of Envy   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 100'   
Diamond of San Diego   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 5 pitches, 450'   
Halcyon   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
The Commander   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 5 pitches, 450'   
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Featured Route For Center/Headwall
Rock Climbing Photo: Climber on Halcyon to left of The Swiftness.

The Swiftness 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  CA : San Diego County : ... : Center/Headwall
Hand crack on the right side of Triton Tower. 30' of jamming and thin hands leads to a 20' traverse up and left that eventually leads to easier ground. Most of the climbing is vertical so have some energy to climb this somewhat pumpy route. Nice jams in a parallel crack and some stuff on the face for your feet and hands too. After the traverse, finish up and right at the end of the traverse on an easy ridge following 2 bolts to a bolted anchor.This is definitely a classic crack but rarely ge...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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