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McCain Valley Rock Climbing 


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Lowenbrau Pinnacle

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Description 

It's location is in the middle of the desert so peek months are usually October-April. There's barely people there and the rock is featured/textured granite with tons of climbing. There are an infinite amount of boulders and the prime spot to do some leads are at Lowenbrau Pinnacle. LP is 2 pitches tall with a handful of quality leads.

Getting There 

Interstate 8 to 94/Campo Exit- turn right (south) to Old Hwy 80 (left) - drive east almost 2 miles, left on McCain Valley Road- onto dirt road at McCain Valley Recreation Area sign... Lark Canyon is 2.7 miles in, Pinnacle Circuit is 5.3 miles in.

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.1 miles from here

51 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',25],['1 Star',9],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',3],['5.8',2],['5.9',4],['5.10',4],['5.11',2],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',13],['V2-3',15],['V4-5',5],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in McCain Valley

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for McCain Valley:
Not known   A2 R     Aid   Lowenbrau Pinnacle
Direct North Boulder   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Lowenbrau Pinnacle
Ski Tracks   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Lowenbrau Pinnacle
Green Book   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   Lowenbrau Pinnacle
Slama Jama   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Lowenbrau Pinnacle
No Hope II   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Lowenbrau Pinnacle
Crack   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 50'   Lowenbrau Pinnacle
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Featured Route For McCain Valley
Rock Climbing Photo: A few moves in to the thin fingers crack.

Uncracked Walnut V4 6B  CA : San Diego County : ... : The Walnut
Start low left on the south side of the boulder as low as can be without being inside of the scrub/bush. Move up and right utilizing the thin finger crack and delicate smearing heel and toe hooks into the crack. Move around to the slightly overhanging east face then exit the crack onto crimps and move up to the rounded lip to make the delicate mantle finish.Larger individuals may find certain sections of the crack too small to fit their fingers in, which makes the start tricky. Smaller indivi...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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