Leading up the final stretch of Palm Pilot, 5.10b
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 Routes
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Featured Route For Onyx Summit Crag
Palm Pilot 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b CA
: San Bernardino Mountains
: ... : Onyx Summit Crag
Climb nice rock up an easy slab past three bolts to a block at the start of a sharply right-slanting arete. Mantle atop a block (it moves slightly but is solid), clip a bolt and make some thin moves (5.10-) to grab the arete proper and then rail out right along the edge of the arete past three more bolts and somewhat sustained climbing to anchors.Somewhat contrived along the upper arete, as it's possible to mantle up anywhere along the way, but the climbing is good and demands attention to your ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
Stellar rock and good views at Onyx Summit
BETA PHOTO: The view from Hwy 38, Onyx Summit Crag
BETA PHOTO: View from just before the summit heading towards B...
View of the parking lot from the crag
Starting up Palm Pilot (5.10b), Onxy Summit Crag