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Lunch Rock

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L to R R to L Alpha
Beautiful T 
Cactus Flower T 
Can't touch this TR 
Chicken Heart T 
Clear Light T 
Lunch Rock Left Crack TR 
Lunch Rock Right Crack TR 
Lunch Rock Slab TR 
Mission Control S 
Orange Walk T,S 
Ramp Arete TR 
Ramp, The T,TR 
Skyline Arete T,S 
Skyline Chimney T 
Skyline Face T,S 
Skyline Pinnacle T 
Stairs, The T 
Steps, The T 
Trauma, The T,TR 
True Skyline Arete T,S 
Waiting for Bruce S 
Your Lead S 

Lunch Rock Rock Climbing 

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Location: 32.8261, -117.051 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 Jan 25, 2006


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Lunch Rock is a very popular area. Its namesake, Luch Rock, provides climbers with a large flat area facilitating group instruction, and basking in the sun while your friends enjoy climbing The Ramp and Skyline Arete.

Getting There 

Luch Rock may be access from either climbers loop enterance. From the second climbers loop trail kisok follow the trail up the hillside to the base of the wall. Continue to the climbers right along the base of the wall following the climbers loop about 100 feet. This should position you at the base of lunch rock. Scramble up the rocks to the top.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.5 miles from here

22 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',16],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Lunch Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Lunch Rock:
The Trauma   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   
Skyline Pinnacle   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
The Ramp   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
Skyline Face   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Skyline Arete   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Mission Control   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Ramp Arete   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
True Skyline Arete   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Your Lead   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 40'   
Chicken Heart   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   
Clear Light   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Can't touch this   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
Orange Walk   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
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Featured Route For Lunch Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: The start of True Skyline Arete.

True Skyline Arete 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CA : San Diego County : ... : Lunch Rock
In Messier's no-longer-available online guide to Mission Gorge, pro for the True Skyline Arete is listed as being the same as that for Skyline Arete. This needs some clarification. Although I've led the true arete several times, pro is hard to come by. The bolts of Skyline Arete are well to the left and the bolts of Orange Walk are well to the right, so you'll wander a bit on lead. The crux is simply staying on the arete, rather than climbing the face. If just leading at the grade, this one...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Rock Climbing Photo: My girlfriend Nicole Marcos sitting atop Lunch Roc...
My girlfriend Nicole Marcos sitting atop Lunch Roc...

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By mschlocker
From: San Diego, CA
Aug 11, 2006
Lunch rock also means that climbers leave their TRs up while they eat lunch. One time I asked a climber if I could lead up next to his abandoned TR. He said no. I should have pulled it. This is a very popular area, please have respect by climbing the routes and cleaning your gear in a timely manner so others can enjoy the climbs as well. If a climb in this area is on your tick list, get here early or wait.
By Bill Olszewski
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Sep 13, 2007
Well said, M. You should have led anyway, and stepped on their rope a couple times in the process. One of my biggest pet peaves - please don't leave up your TR's when not in use; have the dignity to defer to those who are actually going to lead the climb.
By Lzpup
From: santee, ca
Jan 25, 2014
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