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!
Climbing Season For the San Bernardino Mountains area.
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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Branded 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b CA
: San Bernardino Mountains
: ... : Lower Buttresses
Fun climbing up the attractive vertical plated face starting from the ledge Shakin' the Tree ends at. An optional piece of gear (2-2.5") can be placed midroute. Can be combined with Shakin' the Tree for a single long pitch if mindful of rope drag.The name is a result of the "branding" one of the first ascent party members got from a hot drill bit! ...[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...