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Horseman's Center

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Elevation: 3,200'
Location: 34.4847, -117.1313 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: C Miller on Jun 10, 2007
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Description 

The original High Desert sport climbing area, this collection of sunny crags was established by the motivated crew of Jack Marshall, Sam Owings, Troy Mayr and others starting in the winter of 1993. Hugely popular in the early years, the parking area was often brimming over with vehicles but with the more recent development of New Jack City and other areas the popularity has waned considerably.

The rock here is very much like Joshua Tree, and like there varies considerably from formation to formation with quality ranging from decent to execllent. Most of the rock is a somwhat grainy tan color but the best stuff is chocolate brown or grey and noticeably smoother in texture.

The routes tend to be on the shorter side, ranging from 25-80' with most around the 40-50' mark, fully bolted and equipped with chain or cold shuts for anchors. Despite the diminutive nature of some of the routes the climbing is fun and it can be a great place to escape the cold during the winter months.


Location 

Situated in the town of Apple Valley off Hwy 18 approximately 1 mile north of the Bear Valley Cutoff - the actual address is 24320 Highway 18.

Some good information is here


135 Total Routes


['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',28],['2 Stars',60],['1 Star',38],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',3],['5.7',3],['5.8',11],['5.9',14],['5.10',29],['5.11',20],['5.12',4],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',22],['V2-3',21],['V4-5',6],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',1],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Horseman's Center :
Battle of the Bulge   V0 4     Boulder, 15'   BMX Crags : The Igloo
Starlite Decay   V2 5+ PG13     Boulder, 8'   BMX Crags : Ring Side Boulders
Mojave Green Arete   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 40'   The Cemetery : Brown Corridor
Crack Dream   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   BMX Crags : Lightning Bolt Crag
Sensible Shoes   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   The Cemetery : Brown Corridor
Umbilical Cord   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   The Cemetery : The Black Tower
Crown of Thorns   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   The Cemetery : The Black Tower
Dismembered   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   The Cemetery : Pillar of Hope
Changing Forms   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   The Cemetery : The Tombstones
Necessary Evil   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   The Cemetery : Evil Pillar
La Femme Fatale   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 40'   The Cemetery : Brown Corridor
The Outspoken   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   The Cemetery : The Tombstones
Rise and Devour   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   The Cemetery : Pillar of Hope
Existence Denied   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   The Cemetery : The Gate Keeper
Exhumed   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   The Cemetery : The Black Tower
Circus   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   BMX Crags : Carousel Rock
Return to Hell   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   The Cemetery : The Gate Keeper
War Machine   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   The Cemetery : Pillar of Despair
Evil Twin   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   The Cemetery : The Black Tower
World Full of Hate   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   The Cemetery : Brown Corridor
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Featured Route For Horseman's Center
Mike Williams up high, working Necessary Evil.

Necessary Evil 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  CA : High Desert : ... : Evil Pillar
Climbs the obvious overhanging sculpted arete using balancey moves down low which lead to the upper section of jugs. If this thing went for another hundred feet or so it would be an all-time classic. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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At the end of the fence is the trailhead into Horseman's Center/BMX
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Mt. Baldy, from the Cemetery.
Mt. Baldy, from the Cemetery.
Horseman's Center/BMX with the equestrian arena dead ahead.  The formations Riders Ready and The Thumb can be seen high on the hillside.
BETA PHOTO: Horseman's Center/BMX with the equestrian arena de...
 Playing around at Horsemens Lightning Bolt
Playing around at Horsemens Lightning Bolt
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By Robert Alvey
From: Apple Valley, Ca
Jun 21, 2007

High desert climbing is at an all time low, I wish someone would do something about opening up the Horsemens Area and Dead Man's Point. These were great area's once and could be again. Taking my first trip out to NJC tonite, hope it is as good as advertised.