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Pine Mountain Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 7,000'
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Description 

Seemingly limitless boulder field atop Pine Mountain

Getting There 

From Ojai, take CA 33 north about 30 miles to turn off for Pine Mountain. Then follow dirt road about 6 miles to camping area.

Guidebooks 

Oceans Eleven-Bouldering Around Santa Barbara (2003) by Bob Banks
Rock Climbing Santa Barbara & Ventura (2000) by Steve Edwards
Enlightenment Ridge Bouldering Guide (1998) by Reese Martin. From Mother Rock magazine(out of print) #11 March/April 1998.
Pine Mountain (1998) by Wills Young from Climbing Magazine #175, May 1998
Santa Barbara Bouldering (1997) by Steve Edwards, self published, long out of print.

Camping 

Currently, there are only thirteen legal campsites in the two campgrounds on top of Pine Mountain.
There are six campsites in what is called the Pine Mountain Campground(the Picnic Area). These six sites are kind of crammed together in what used to be one large group campsite, but each are fixed with their own picnic table and fire ring. These campsites are flat and shady and are just a few minutes walking from The Picnic Area and the Jewel boulders. There is one pit toilet at this campground.
Rock Climbing Photo: Pine Mountain campground(Picnic Area), Pine Mounta...
Pine Mountain campground(Picnic Area), Pine Mountain.

Ten more minutes up the road is the Reyes Campground where one will find and additional four legal campsites, the Rasberry Spring trailhead and another pit toilet. These sites are also flat and shady and are just five minutes walking from Happy Hunting Grounds. These sites also have a picnic tables and a fire rings and are all within site of eachother.
Rock Climbing Photo: Third from last campsite(aka First Campsite), Pine...
Third from last campsite(aka First Campsite), Pine Mountain.

The last three campsites on the mountain are rather isolated from each other and are situated right ontop of Pine Mountain's main climbing areas. Also fixed withh picnic tables and fire rings.Due to their privacy and proximity to the climbing these three sites are by far the most popular, even though they lack the shade found in the other sites. Two of them have climbable boulders right in the site.
Rock Climbing Photo: Second from last campsite, Pine Mountain
Second from last campsite, Pine Mountain

There are numerous "illegal" sites with makeshift fire rings and no picnic tables spread to be found as well, including the Reyes Peak trailhead(end of the road). The end of the road also has the cleanest pit tiolet on the mountain.
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Camping fees are 5 dollars a night, though one must buy the Adventure Pass to cover this fee. Your choice.
Rock Climbing Photo: Reyes Peak trailhead, Pine Mountain.
Reyes Peak trailhead, Pine Mountain.

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.4 miles from here

141 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',14],['3 Stars',54],['2 Stars',33],['1 Star',38],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',42],['V2-3',45],['V4-5',27],['V6-7',9],['V8-9',9],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',7],['>=V14',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Pine Mountain

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Pine Mountain:
Fifteen Years On Ice   V0 4     Boulder   Happy Hunting Grounds
Rapunzel   V1 5 R     Boulder, 25'   Enlightenment Ridge
Dirt Bag   V2 5+     Boulder, 10'   Happy Hunting Grounds
Quiet Soul   V2 5+     Boulder, 15'   Enlightenment Ridge
New Ways to get from A to B   V2 5+     Boulder, 15'   Happy Hunting Grounds
Painted Carnival   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   Picnic Area Boulders
Happy Hunting Grounds (a.k.a. Heaven on Top)   V3 6A     Boulder, 25'   Happy Hunting Grounds
The Crystal Groove   V4 6B     Boulder, 12'   Enlightenment Ridge
To Die For   V4 6B     Boulder, 20'   Enlightenment Ridge
Wet Dreams   V4 6B     Boulder   Happy Hunting Grounds
Burn Off   V4 6B     Boulder, 8'   Lower Ridge
Sky Diver   V5 6C     Boulder, 8'   Happy Hunting Grounds
Gardez l'eau   V5 6C     Boulder, 20'   Enlightenment Ridge
Sock Hop   V5-6 6C+     Boulder, 20'   Lower Ridge
Dissing Euros   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   Happy Hunting Grounds
Megladon   V6+ 7A     Boulder, 12'   The North Side Boulders (Th...
Clawing at the Walls   V7 7A+     Boulder   Enlightenment Ridge
Gyroscope   V8 7B     Boulder, 8'   Happy Hunting Grounds
911   V8 7B     Boulder   Happy Hunting Grounds
Dreams   V8-9 7B+     Boulder   Happy Hunting Grounds
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Rock Climbing Photo: Almost safe on Hot N Spicy v8
Almost safe on Hot N Spicy v8
Rock Climbing Photo: Pine Mountain, First Campsite
Pine Mountain, First Campsite
Rock Climbing Photo: You can boulder and take in the good view! Sweet p...
You can boulder and take in the good view! Sweet p...
Rock Climbing Photo: Carlo Rivas checking out The Jewel, Pine Mountain.
BETA PHOTO: Carlo Rivas checking out The Jewel, Pine Mountain.
Rock Climbing Photo: Rapunzel V1 R*** - highball arete
Rapunzel V1 R*** - highball arete
Rock Climbing Photo: Ray on Spicy Beaver v10
Ray on Spicy Beaver v10
Rock Climbing Photo: 'Full Contact'
'Full Contact'
Rock Climbing Photo: Early season, and the bears are out..
Early season, and the bears are out..
Rock Climbing Photo: Right next to a campsite
Right next to a campsite
Rock Climbing Photo: Pine Mountain, 3rd Campsite
Pine Mountain, 3rd Campsite
Rock Climbing Photo: Pine Mountain, Picnick area
Pine Mountain, Picnick area
Rock Climbing Photo: Carlo Rivas and Max Chandler checking out the Sail...
BETA PHOTO: Carlo Rivas and Max Chandler checking out the Sail...
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Rock Climbing Photo: Richard Shore on Crack 'n Pockets, AKA Gorillas in...
Richard Shore on Crack 'n Pockets, AKA Gorillas in...
Rock Climbing Photo: Ryan and Darren on the parallel lines of Condor Cr...
Ryan and Darren on the parallel lines of Condor Cr...
Rock Climbing Photo: Sweet problem!!! Crack 'n Pockets, AKA Gorillas in...
Sweet problem!!! Crack 'n Pockets, AKA Gorillas in...
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset with Venus and a crescent moon through the ...
Sunset with Venus and a crescent moon through the ...
Rock Climbing Photo: last camp site coming up the road
last camp site coming up the road
Rock Climbing Photo: Running a sunset lap on '911'.
Running a sunset lap on '911'.
Rock Climbing Photo: Pine Mountain Highball
Pine Mountain Highball
Rock Climbing Photo: Pine Mountain, 3rd Campsite. Unknown climb
Pine Mountain, 3rd Campsite. Unknown climb
Rock Climbing Photo: Hot N Spicy v8
Hot N Spicy v8
Rock Climbing Photo: The Jewel boulder - Home to 10+ great problems, in...
The Jewel boulder - Home to 10+ great problems, in...
Rock Climbing Photo: Crappy picture of "Locals Only"
Crappy picture of "Locals Only"

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By Justin Tomlinson
From: Monrovia, CA
Jul 3, 2016
CONDITION REPORT 
FYI Fire in the area, Pine Mtn Rec Area is CLOSED!!!

bakersfieldnow.com/news/local/...
By JJ Schlick
Administrator
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Nov 11, 2006
I had a day up here a few years back and did a handful of excellent problems in a kick ass forest setting. Some people there were scetched by the rock quality but it is rather bomber sandstone. Bring your own water, tent and everything else for a good time...
By Richard Shore
May 20, 2010
What a beautiful place. I've been up twice now before the road opens, hiking in on Chorro Grande trail, once in snow w/40mph gusts and once in 90 deg baking sunshine. Very pleasant under the shade of the pines on a hot day. -7,200' at the top. The rock is quite good, and some areas are very SHARP! Harsh on the tips, due to all the large angular sand grains and pebbles. You really want to stick every move, or it will shred your fingers after a few goes.

Truly an endless boulderfield. Good stuff to be found everywhere, on relatively steep and loose (pine needles) hillside terrain.
By Alan Zhan
From: Seattle, WA
Aug 2, 2013
Planning on making a visit here soon, but noticed that there is a dirt road. I was wondering if anybody knows if the dirt path is suitable for a camry since it's only 6 miles.
By andy patterson
Administrator
From: Carpinteria, CA
Aug 4, 2013
Currently (as of August, 2013) the road is closed (I think). Apparently, they're doing some road repair. Your Camry should be fine. I've driven up there countless times in cars with low clearances.
By Bob Banks
Aug 4, 2013
Still closed. I heard it was opening up in a couple weeks. If they've done as much work to the road as the time it's taken to do it, you should be able to creep through in a lowered El Camino.
By Sean Crozier
Aug 4, 2013
If you'd like an "estimated" date of the gate opening you can call the ranger station.
(805)646-4348
By David Gibbons
Aug 12, 2013
I just called and now the road isn't opening until September 30th! Yikes!
By Sean Crozier
Sep 1, 2013
Just drove up in my lowered El Camino¬Ö.
By Jordan Collins
From: South Lake Tahoe
Oct 1, 2013
What is the best site to check this places weather.
By Bob Banks
Oct 2, 2013
google.com
By Jordan Collins
From: South Lake Tahoe
Oct 3, 2013
Thank you so much. I will definetely check that website out.
By Roland Castro
Oct 8, 2013
I was on the USDA page for pine. It says they are open. Can anyone verify that in fact the gates are open. I would really appreciate it.
By andy patterson
Administrator
From: Carpinteria, CA
Oct 9, 2013
Road is open... according to my buddy Logan. He went there last weekend.
By Tim King
Oct 9, 2013
Just got back this morning, some nice cold misty fog moving in...

The gate is open, saw small posted signs at the first few lower campsites saying something like "This area closed due to the Government Shutdown" but all the upper sites had no such signs. Camped last night with no issue.
By Roland Castro
Oct 10, 2013
Thank you Andy and thank you Tim... Another quick question. Should i be worried about ice on the guardrailless road?
By Nathan Adams
From: Ventura, CA
Oct 27, 2013
LOST La Sportiva Miura climbing shoe Oct 25-26

My left foot Miura mysteriously went missing over night while camping at the last campsite near Enlightenment Ridge area. I think an animal must have taken it. It's probably long gone by now but thought I'd post it just in case.
By Pine Cone Dave
Dec 5, 2013
Nathan,
Just saw a raccoon send Whiplash while wearing your Miura. It had a Mocc' of unknown origin on its other foot.
By Jon Hartmann
From: Ojai, CA
Dec 7, 2013
Pine Mountain road is now officially closed for the season and the gate is locked. Time to start hiking up Chorro Grande.
By Davi Rivas
From: Ventura, CA
May 20, 2014
As of May 1st 2014, the gate to PM is open.

Its been a really dry year all over California, so everyone PLEASE be careful w your fires if your camping.
By Tim King
May 14, 2015
Pine is back open. Glory! Rain about right now though, let those rocks dry!

Anyone know any history/knowledge of this problem? It's in the gully between the Groupsites and the First Site, by the Smokey the Bear sign.

Rock Climbing Photo: Schweet shibby on the Chossline Express
Schweet shibby on the Chossline Express
By Beau E.
From: Los Angeles, Ca
Aug 29, 2015
Anyone know where I can get a guidebook for this area?
By Ida Noe
Sep 21, 2015
So many flies...
By rp91320
From: 805
Aug 23, 2016
Some bugs and little to no breeze but when it starts cooling down it should be nice. When the descriptions says "2-wheel okay the whole way" it sort of implies the road is sketchy but it isn't. Just go slow and watch out for oncoming traffic and drainage channels in the turns because it's paved all the way to the campsites. Picnic area turnout isn't obvious for first timers. It is lower than the road and has a grill on the south east side. Only shitter I saw was in front of campsite one (the one after picnic area). Amazing place.
By Davi Rivas
From: Ventura, CA
Sep 7, 2016
The sign for Pine Mountain CG (aka Picnic Area)is missing at present, but the parking/camping area is so large its hard to miss.
And there is one pit toilet there. There is another pit toilet at the Reyes Peak CG, and then one more at the Reyes Peak trailhead/end of the road.

Speaking of which, the Reyes trailhead is closed presently. There is also a temporary restriction on campfires and BBQ stand use in all campsites on the mountain. Camp stove use is OK. These are common post-fire restrictions/closures and should lift before the season ends.

Perfect temps and very few bugs on Labor Day weekend. and its only getting better.

Come get you some.

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