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South Hills  

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Just north of the Castle Rocks sector are the South Hills. The South Hills are just that, sage brush and juniper tree laden hills with interspersed towers, slabs, cracks and faces. Outlined by two drainages, this area's confines are diverse and spread out. Desolated crags and plenty of privacy can be found here as well as plenty of hidden gems.

This area will typically be very hot in the spring/summer, but shade or sun can be found. With so many crags of all shapes and sizes, you can find a wall to fit you needs anytime of the year. Expect an approach time of 20 minutes to reach the first and most concentrated crags.

Getting There 

From the upper Castle Rocks proper parking area walk north/west following well-traveled trails for about 20 minutes. Aim for the token feature/pinnacle, The Sorcerer's Stone.
See individual crags for more specific directions.

Climbing Season

Weather station 13.6 miles from here

31 Total Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for South Hills:
High Center   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Bracksiek's Pillar
L'il Buckeroo   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Bracksiek's Pillar
Jug Massacre   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Jug Wall
Coo Coo Cachoo   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 180'   Bracksiek's Pillar
Eye-Full Tower   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 160'   Bracksiek's Pillar
Alpinista Sista   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 2 pitches, 190'   Bracksiek's Pillar
B Bro   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 3 pitches, 250'   Bracksiek's Pillar
Crack Class    5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Bracksiek's Pillar
Pre-Emptive Strike   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   Bracksiek's Pillar
Cool Crack   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Bracksiek's Pillar
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Featured Route For South Hills
Tony on the first pitch slabby rib.

Coo Coo Cachoo 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  ID : Castle Rocks : ... : Bracksiek's Pillar
Starts on a slabby rib with some interesting moves. Second pitch is amazing, fun, slightly overhanging, patina surfing goodness. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in ID

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