The Cemetery Rock Climbing
The Cemetery, Pillars of Hope and Despair to the r...
The Cemetery is a large collection of crags spread across an area to the southeast of the Horseman's Center. One has only to walk around for a couple minutes to find the grade and sun exposure they like. It is home to many nice sport routes on fine granite reminiscent of the domes of Joshua Tree. Although most of the crags stand only about 30 to 40 high, the climbing is great, the protection excellent, and there is a nice variety of routes generally between 5.8 and 5.11, making this a great destination for the moderate/advanced climber. Most routes have chain anchors for top rope/rappel. Due to the quality of rock and routes, as well as the protection, this is a good area for leaders just breaking into these levels of difficulty.
From the dirt parking lot, walk to where the chain link fence ends at the hillside and go left into the park. Follow the rock-lined path around to the right, passing the Lightning Bolt formation on your right and the equestrian arena on the left. Continue straight towards the far hillside, picking up the trail that heads south (right). Follow this trail up and over a small rise. From here you can see the Cemetery to the southeast. Continue along the trail into the heart of the formations, or take another obvious trail that leads around the south end of the Cemetery, circling left around the twin pillars of Despair and Hope. Allow about 15 minutes of easy hiking from the parking lot.
Weather station 5.2 miles from here
73 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',37],['1 Star',22],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in The Cemetery
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Cemetery:
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The Cemetery. The Black Tower is visible in the c...
Live-Forever plant (Dudleya saxosa), The Cemetery
Evening shot of Hope and Despair.
Hey Buddy.... no sleeping at the Cemetery.
Baldy in the late afternoon.
The Courtyard Area, The Cemetery
Baldy seen from near The Tombstones.
Sunset through the crags.
Paperbag Bush (Salazaria mexicana), The Cemetery
Riders on horseback, The Cemetery
Budding artists and their handiwork, The Cemetery
BETA PHOTO: Let this guide you around....
SpongeBob SquarePants, Horseman's Center
By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
Feb 18, 2010
I remember one Sunday when JTree was closed for some reason this place was swarming with climbers!
Nice area to visit, with expansive views and fun climbing on High Desert granite.
Jan 25, 2015
My wife and I recently headed out to a formation I think was called "The Cove," which was out beyond Sunset Cliffs along the same bench. The area reputedly had some of the longest routes in the area--a couple of 10b's + one or two harder lines. It looks like the info. has been removed from this site, which is a good thing. We had an old topo printed from Mtn. Proj., hiked out there, and found every last single bolt had been stripped of hangers. Looks like the studs and nuts are all in place but ZERO hangers. Oh, well, it's a nice hike out that bench!
ON the plus side, Jim Voss and friends have been putting up a ton of new routes that we can't wait to try. Keep the area clean, everyone. We always pack out some garbage.