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The Cemetery Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 3,200'
Location: 34.482, -117.1294 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Bill Olszewski on Dec 7, 2007
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Description 

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.

Getting There 

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.

Climbing Season



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]
['<=5.6',3],['5.7',3],['5.8',6],['5.9',7],['5.10',20],['5.11',14],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',10],['V2-3',8],['V4-5',2],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Cemetery

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Cemetery:
Mojave Green Arete   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Brown Corridor
Sensible Shoes   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Brown Corridor
Umbilical Cord   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   The Black Tower
What’s the Point   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   The Black Tower
Crown of Thorns   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   The Black Tower
Dismembered   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Pillar of Hope
Changing Forms   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   The Tombstones
Rise and Devour   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Pillar of Hope
La Femme Fatale   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Brown Corridor
The Outspoken   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   The Tombstones
Necessary Evil   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Evil Pillar
Evil Twin   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   The Black Tower
Exhumed   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   The Black Tower
Existence Denied   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   The Gate Keeper
Return to Hell   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   The Gate Keeper
War Machine   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Pillar of Despair
World Full of Hate   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Brown Corridor
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Featured Route For The Cemetery
Rock Climbing Photo: Mike Williams up high, working Necessary Evil.

Necessary Evil 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  CA : High Desert : ... : Evil Pillar
Climbs the obvious overhanging sculpted arete using balancey moves down low which lead to the upper section of jugs. If this thing went for another hundred feet or so it would be an all-time classic. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Rock Climbing Photo: The Cemetery.  The Black Tower is visible in the c...
The Cemetery. The Black Tower is visible in the c...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Courtyard Area, The Cemetery
The Courtyard Area, The Cemetery
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset through the crags.
Sunset through the crags.
Rock Climbing Photo: Evening shot of Hope and Despair.
Evening shot of Hope and Despair.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Cemetery from above
The Cemetery from above
Rock Climbing Photo: Baldy in the late afternoon.
Baldy in the late afternoon.
Rock Climbing Photo: Let this guide you around....
BETA PHOTO: Let this guide you around....
Rock Climbing Photo: Baldy seen from near The Tombstones.
Baldy seen from near The Tombstones.
Rock Climbing Photo: Hey Buddy.... no sleeping at the Cemetery.
Hey Buddy.... no sleeping at the Cemetery.

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By Chris Owen
Administrator
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.
By BAd
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.

BAd

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