Rotten Rock Valley, notwithstanding the name, is actually a great location with many, many fun routes on typically high-quality rock with sweeping views from atop many of the numerous pinnacles in the area. Crack and face climbs are in abundance and lots of bouldering exists as well.
That said, please bear in mind the area is guarded by a long and tricky approach and all for a bunch of single pitch routes, so keep this in mind if thinking of visiting. If the approach sounds long and complex you are correct and as noted should not attempt this without first going with someone who knows the way.
The recommended approach is via the summit trail passing The Bong (aka 2001)
along it's south edge and and head west skirting rock and brush then head south through rocks passing The Tub as you drop down into the eastern edge of Rotten Rock Valley passing Champagne Rock
which is the first formation encountered in Rotten Rock Valley
The approach is about two miles and mostly uphill, with rugged rolling terrain once you leave the main trail, and takes 1-2 hours depending on your fitness and whether or not you get lost; the approach is like a longer, more involved version of the hike to the base of Tahquitz Rock
. It is highly recommmended to go with someone who knows the way the first time or two or risk getting lost!
Weather station 5.1 miles from here
17 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]
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Sun Your Buns 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a CA
: San Bernardino Mountains
: ... : Lower Buttresses
Easy going, over patina and plates past 4 kinda run out bolts brings you to the crux, a funky as heck move up onto the cap stone which crowns the Rattlesnake Buttress this climb is on. The crux move is very well protected - make a clip, start the move, back off, think, start again, repeat. Really cool head game makes this seem much harder than it is! ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
By Dave Daly
From: Del Mar, CA
Dec 14, 2012
Add to comments.....killer climbs put up by Rim Of The World Climbing Club "boys and girls", including a handful by Chris Miller and crew. Bandit Arete comes to mind...