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By Patrick Moran
Jan 22, 2014

Does anyone know if the road to Holcomb is open this time of year? All the way to the barbwire fence? Thanks


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By Frank Pudding
From South El Monte, CA
Jan 23, 2014
On Serpent Scales JTree

There are several roads that lead to the pinnacles and all but one are open year round.


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By russ nelson
Jan 23, 2014

Big Bear highs have been in the 50s, so the roads should be clear.


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By G Halsne
Jan 23, 2014

I want snow!!!! :(


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By Patrick Moran
Jan 26, 2014

The road had very little snow, just patches here and there, the walk in had even less, we were the only group that was there until around 1 PM when another group of three arrived. Coyote Crag was perfect with a 3-5 MPH breeze from 8:30 AM until 11 AM then went to opposite side and enjoyed some runs on Skyy Slab - thanks for all the responses.

P.S. I want snow to but until it shows up I'm hitting spots that are usually filled with ice and snow :)


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By G Halsne
Mar 10, 2014

Has anyone been up lately with a trip report? Any snow up there?


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By Dave Von Behren
Mar 11, 2014

no snow, bro.


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By G Halsne
Mar 11, 2014

Sweet... How do the temps "feel" in the sun?


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By Christopher Reinhard
Mar 11, 2014

I was up there yesterday. The roads are clear the weather is great. The big mud puddles on the south road are full of water. I parked my tiburon at those and walked in. Once you get past the puddles the rest is clear. I was hiking and bouldering in short sleeves and very comfortable. Got a little cold when I was just sitting.


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By Chris Owen
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From La Crescenta and Big Bear Lake
Mar 20, 2014
There's more than one use for an Ice Hammer. Lake District (UK) late '70s

Yes, very big puddles on March 8 - saw a few vehicles parked at the junction but got my Land Rover all the way to the fence without problems, fun drive!


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By G Halsne
Mar 23, 2014

Nice, i wanna get up there soon.. ill prolly bring my 1/2 ton AWD van.


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By susan peplow
From Joshua Tree
Apr 14, 2014
Beer Anyone?

As of April 11th. 2-14 - Van Dusen Canyon Rd gate is open with dry travels all but one small puddle along the way. At the T intersection we opted for the eastern 3N16 > 3N32 access which was also bone dry all the way to the Central Pinnacles parking area. Can't speak for going around the campground and approaching from the west but there were others in the area that had used that access.


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By G Halsne
Apr 15, 2014

Game on for Holcomb. Nice. Was there ever any real snow up there this season? Seems like ot might lead to a tinderbox....


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By Chris Owen
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From La Crescenta and Big Bear Lake
Apr 21, 2014
There's more than one use for an Ice Hammer. Lake District (UK) late '70s

It's very dry - I would be a proponent of no camping at all in this area until next year, if it manages to snow in the 2014/15 season.

I dread this place going up in flames.


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By G Halsne
Apr 23, 2014

chris, yeah, that what i was thinking.... seems like this area sees as many climbers as it does "campers" ( read 4xers, shooters, partiers ect ) That would be a shame if it came from anything but good old lightning striking.


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By Steve Powell
From Alhambra, California
Apr 23, 2014

I agree, it would be a shame if that place were to burn. Seeing as a lot of people camp out of bounds, it's a possibility.


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By Seansturg
Apr 26, 2014

I've gone there a few times these past 2 months and all the roads out there were in great condition! A few small puddles, but nothing to worry about!

Great sport climbing! Have fun!


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By Chris Owen
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From La Crescenta and Big Bear Lake
Apr 29, 2014
There's more than one use for an Ice Hammer. Lake District (UK) late '70s

I don't have to camp because I live there!!!! Well at the weekends anyway.


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By LCerutti
From Carlsbad, California
May 25, 2014
Rapping down after climbing Shantytown Swing(5.6) in Central Pinnacles. <br />

Can I get up there in a low clearance car with 2 wheel drive ?


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By dholte
May 25, 2014

drive slowly and avoid potholes, we did it a few weeks ago, its not too bad.


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By G Halsne
May 25, 2014

I take my lowered Subaru into the south parking lot with ease..


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By hikingdrew
From Los Angeles, CA
May 25, 2014
dorky helmet

Some guy had a scion xb at the north parking area..


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By Chris Owen
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From La Crescenta and Big Bear Lake
May 30, 2014
There's more than one use for an Ice Hammer. Lake District (UK) late '70s

I've seen a Smart car there and last weekend I saw a MINI. Sure they can probably get there in the summer, when there's no mud or snow. God knows what it does to the suspension though, they're just not designed for that kind of treatment. I wouldn't buy a car from anyone (as opposed to a truck) who had taken these roads on a regular basis - not even a Subaru.


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By Lzpup
From santee, ca
Jun 5, 2014

A smart car, that is crazy, I would have loved to watch them get out there, they must just weave between the big rocks. I got a nice scratch on my Tundra try to go past the north lot to the next pull out


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By G Halsne
Jun 6, 2014

On the flip side...I take my half ton AWD Chevy van to the north parking lot frequently... You wanna see a tight fit between boulders... It takes some fancy skills!!!


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