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Central Pinnacles  


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Elevation: 7,500'
Location: 34.308, -116.8786 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

This area covers all of the formations from the northern parking area south to Camp Rock and includes Coyote Crag, Claim Jumper Wall, Pistol Whipped Wall, Motherlode Rock, Gunsmoke Wall, Thunderbird Wall and much more.

This area truly is the heart of the Pinnacles and offers the greatest concentration of routes with the least amount of hiking in the entire region. The abundance of well-protected, featured moderates in the area makes it especially popular during the height of the season, so be warned if seeking solitude.

Don't miss climbs of the area include Gold Standard (5.6), Bye Crackie (5.7), Coyotes at Sunset (5.8), Black Magic Poodle (5.9), Claim Jumper (5.10a), One Armed Bandit (5.10a), Ricochet (5.10a), Pistol Pete (5.10a), Coyotes in the Henhouse (5.10d), Stake Your Claim (5.10d), Doc's Holiday (5.10d) and The Incinerator (5.12a).

Getting There 

The northern parking area is located at the edge of the Central Pinnacles, making it an obvious choice to park and walk the 5-10 minutes required to reach any of the crags in the Central Pinnacles.

It's also possible to park at the southern parking area, near Parking Lot Rock, and walk north for 10 minutes to reach the southern end of the area near Coyote Crag.

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.5 miles from here

160 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',38],['2 Stars',80],['1 Star',41],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',22],['5.7',13],['5.8',18],['5.9',23],['5.10',61],['5.11',20],['5.12',3],['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 Central Pinnacles:
Psychedelic Sluice   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Motherlode Rock : Motherlode Rock - East Face
Gold Standard   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Gold Wall
Bye Crackie   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Coyote Crag
Shoot at Will   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Tombstone Pit
Coyotes at Sunset   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Coyote Crag
Golden Poodle   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Coyote Crag
Black Magic Poodle   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Coyote Crag
Golden Nugget   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Motherlode Rock : Motherlode Rock - East Face
Fire in the Hole   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Motherlode Rock : Motherlode Rock - East Face
Claim Jumper   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Claim Jumper Wall
Ricochet   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Pistol Whipped Wall
Powder Keg   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Motherlode Rock : Motherlode Rock - North Fac...
Pistol Pete   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Doc Holliday Wall
One Armed Bandit   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Claim Jumper Wall
Tombstone Shadow   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Tombstone Pit
Doc's Holiday   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Doc Holliday Wall
Coyotes in the Henhouse   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Claim Jumper Wall
Long Arm of The Law   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Motherlode Rock : Motherlode Rock - West Face
Public Hanging   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Claim Jumper Wall
The Incinerator   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Incinerator Wall
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Featured Route For Central Pinnacles
Tom Donnely leading Ricochet.

Ricochet 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  CA : San Bernardino Mountains : ... : Pistol Whipped Wall
This is the left-most bolted line on the Pistol Whipped Wall and despite first appearances goes at a moderate grade. The route starts on a short right-slanting ramp system that leads to a flake and then up past several horizontals to reach a steep headwall capped by a slanting dike. Well protected with an airy feel, this is a good warm-up for the harder lines here and is a recommended climb for the grade at this area. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Overview for some of the Central Pinnacles crags, ...
BETA PHOTO: Overview for some of the Central Pinnacles crags, ...
Baby rattler just off the trail near the Claim Jum...
Baby rattler just off the trail near the Claim Jum...
Saddle Rock, Holcomb Valley Pinnacles
Saddle Rock, Holcomb Valley Pinnacles
Weathered snag and clouds, Holcomb Valley Pinnacle...
Weathered snag and clouds, Holcomb Valley Pinnacle...
Midway up Hidden Gold (5.7), Holcomb Valley Pinnac...
Midway up Hidden Gold (5.7), Holcomb Valley Pinnac...
Nearing the top of Powder Keg (5.10a), Holcomb Val...
Nearing the top of Powder Keg (5.10a), Holcomb Val...
Frozen water pocket, Holcomb Valey Pinnacles
Frozen water pocket, Holcomb Valey Pinnacles
Climber on the Thunderbird Wall, in the beautiful ...
Climber on the Thunderbird Wall, in the beautiful ...
High above the trees on Pistol Pete (5.10a), Holco...
High above the trees on Pistol Pete (5.10a), Holco...
a beautiful day on the Lizard Head.
a beautiful day on the Lizard Head.
Moonshine Dome
Moonshine Dome
rope bags have other uses, you know...
rope bags have other uses, you know...
Mt. San Gorgonio from the central pinnacles.
Mt. San Gorgonio from the central pinnacles.
Relics from the past, Holcomb Valley Pinnacles
Relics from the past, Holcomb Valley Pinnacles
A portion of the road into the Central Pinnacles, ...
A portion of the road into the Central Pinnacles, ...
Central Pinnacles from the west, Holcomb Valley Pi...
BETA PHOTO: Central Pinnacles from the west, Holcomb Valley Pi...
Old marker for the nearby Mammoth Mine, Holcomb Va...
Old marker for the nearby Mammoth Mine, Holcomb Va...
Bye Crackie (5.7), Holcomb Valley Pinnacles
Bye Crackie (5.7), Holcomb Valley Pinnacles

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By Climb To Safety
From: california
Sep 19, 2013
after much praise about the pinnacles from Chris D, i finally made it out here. Can't wait to go back, the rock is fantastic, only wish the climbs were longer.
By Chris D
From: the couch
Nov 7, 2013
Ryan,

You should climb then down-climb each route twice. Then they will seem long. Soon, an El Cap Day will be in the bag.