Onyx Summit Crag Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: The view from Hwy 38, Onyx Summit Crag
Highway 38, the "back road to Big Bear", tops out at Onyx Summit (elevation 8443'), which is the highest State Highway summit in Southern California. Just northwest of the actual summit and visible from the road is a small but enticing chunk of high-quality granite with a handful of routes.
Eight known routes are found here with six being on the main pillar, easily identified by it's two striking aretes, and the other two on the more non-descript face to the right. Routes range from 5.8-5.12 in difficulty with most being bolted sport routes, although one quality crack route does exist.
Despite it's somewhat lofty elevation the south-facing nature of the crag ensures cragging all year depending upon snow conditions, but Spring and Fall have the best and most consistent weather.
Routes listed from left to right: Palm Pilot
(5.10b) Lost on the Horizon
(5.12a) Clip Art
(5.10c) Big BM
And further right on a separate formation are Freak on a Leash
(5.12c) Nothing Could be Finer than to be in a Vagina in the Morning
The Onyx Summit Crag is found on the west side of Highway 38 about 0.25 miles north of the actual summit and almost directly across the highway from a large dirt pullout.
The approach trail starts directly across Hwy 38 from the pullout and leads through the trees to the base of the crag. Allow 5-10 minutes for the short but surprisingly strenuous approach.
Climbing Season For the Highway 38 Crags area.
Weather station 10.3 miles from here
8 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Onyx Summit Crag
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Onyx Summit Crag:
Featured Route For Onyx Summit Crag
Clip Art 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b CA
: San Bernardino Mountains
: ... : Onyx Summit Crag
This is an easier, alternate start to Cliptomania that climbs the face to the right of the arete and then joins that route at it's fourth bolt.Fun and sometimes tricky moves up and left past two bolts (5.10c) gain the arete proper where this route joins Cliptomania. Once on the arete climb engaging moves past three bolts up the slabby arete to a stance below the final two bolts and then head up and left along the slightly overhung arete (5.10) to shared anchors with Cliptomania.A good climb wi...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
Starting up Palm Pilot (5.10b), Onxy Summit Crag
View of the parking lot from the crag
Stellar rock and good views at Onyx Summit
BETA PHOTO: View from just before the summit heading towards B...
Leading up the final stretch of Palm Pilot, 5.10b