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Routes in Onyx Summit Crag

Big BM T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Clip Art S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Cliptomania S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Freak on a Leash S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Lost on the Horizon T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Nothing Could be Finer than to be in a Vagina in the Morning S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Opiate S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Palm Pilot S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Elevation: 8,500 ft
GPS: 34.197, -116.724 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: C Miller on Mar 12, 2006
Admins: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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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 handful of routes.

Eight known routes are found here with six being on the main pillar, easily identified by it's two striking aretes, and the other two on the more non-descript face to the right. Routes range from 5.8-5.12 in difficulty with most being bolted sport routes, although one quality crack route does exist.

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

Routes listed from left to right:

Palm Pilot (5.10b)
Lost on the Horizon (5.8)
Opiate (5.11c)
Cliptomania (5.12a)
Clip Art (5.10c)
Big BM (5.9+)

And further right on a separate formation are

Freak on a Leash (5.12c)
Nothing Could be Finer than to be in a Vagina in the Morning (5.11a)

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 dirt pullout.

The approach trail starts directly across Hwy 38 from the pullout and leads through the trees to the base of the crag. Allow 5-10 minutes for the short but surprisingly strenuous approach.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Onyx Summit Crag

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5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
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Nothing Could be Finer than… 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
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