Elevation: 8,490 ft
GPS: 34.196, -116.723 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: C Miller on Mar 12, 2006
Admins: C Miller, Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Vicki Schwantes, Justin Johnsen

Description

Highway 38, the "back road to Big Bear", tops out at Onyx Summit (elevation 8443'), which is the highest State Highway summit in Southern California. Just northwest of the actual summit and visible from the road is a small but enticing chunk of high-quality granite with a small collection of routes.

Over twenty routes are found here with about half on the main pillar, easily identified by it's two striking aretes, and the others on the faces to the right. Routes range from 5.3-5.12c in difficulty with most being bolted sport routes, although one quality crack route does exist.

Despite it's somewhat lofty elevation the mainly south-facing nature of the crag ensures cragging all year depending upon snow conditions, but Spring through Fall have the best and most consistent weather.

Getting There

The Onyx Summit Crag is found on the west side of Highway 38 about 0.25 miles north of the actual summit and almost directly across the highway from a large paved pullout.

Directly across Highway 38 from the pullout is the shady trail which wanders through numerous pines and junipers on the approach.

 The hike begins fairly level then heads downhill for a short distance, crosses a seasonal stream, and finishes up a steep hillside with switchbacks  which leads directly to the base of the crag - you should end up beneath the start of Opiate.

  • Allow roughly 5 minutes for the short but surprisingly strenuous approach.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Onyx Summit Crag

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 6
Blue Sky Highway
Sport
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 7
Skytower
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 14
Fun Pilot
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 5
Lost on the Horizon
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 5
Endless Blue Sky
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 10
Big BM
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 9
Endless Sky
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 18
Branch Out!
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 9
Sardonyx
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 3
Here Comes the Fun
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 7
Whose Line is it Anyway?
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 7
Clip Art
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 6
Nothing Could be Finer than to b…
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 8
Cliptomania
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Blue Sky Highway
 6
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Skytower
 7
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Fun Pilot
 14
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Lost on the Horizon
 5
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Endless Blue Sky
 5
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Big BM
 10
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Endless Sky
 9
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Branch Out!
 18
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Sardonyx
 9
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Here Comes the Fun
 3
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Whose Line is it Anyway?
 7
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Clip Art
 7
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Nothing Could be Finer than…
 6
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Cliptomania
 8
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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Routes Mostly Face: East · South
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