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Left Side 1 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Right Side 0 / 4 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Elevation: 8,052 ft
GPS: 34.173, -116.718 Google Map · Climbing Area 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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Access Issue: Parking restrictions apply at this crag! Details


Located at just over 8000 feet in elevation and with most climbs facing north or northwest, this crag is a good bet for warm weather climbing. After a good winter snow can linger at the base until late May or early June which can provide an air conditioner effect to the crag.

The rock is composed of granite, and while generally solid tends to be somewhat dirty owing to it's northern orientation - some routes may need a bit more scrubbing or simply more traffic.

There are currently about a dozen routes here making it a good choice for a stop on the way to/from Big Bear or in conjunction with some time at the nearby Onyx Summit Crag. The standout routes here are El Rayo (5.10b) which takes steep cracks up the cleanest section of rock on the wall, Out of Sight (5.10b) a slightly overhanging arete on the left margin of the crag and P.H.D. (5.10c) a varied route up a slightly overhanging face to a flared corner and roof.

Getting There

Located on the east side of Highway 38 about 0.25 miles north of the 8000' elevation marker.

There are two areas to park when climbing here:

A large paved turnout below the crag with room for multiple vehicles which features a slightly longer, albeit scenic, hike along a dry streambed that parallels the highway; allow 10 minutes for this approach.

Limited parking is found just past Rainbow Lane at a dirt turnout on the right side of the highway. Wander back carefully along the shoulder of the road and then down the gentle trail that leads directly to the base of the crag; the approach takes about 5 minutes.

* No parking across the road from the crag at Laurel Pines Camp or just past on Rainbow Lane, you may be towed and/or ticketed.

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Classic Climbing Routes at 8000 Foot Crag

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Out of Sight
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
El Rayo
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Princess Vicious
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Out of Sight Left Side
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
El Rayo Left Side
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Princess Vicious Left Side
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
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Tristan Burnham
La Crescenta, CA
Tristan Burnham   La Crescenta, CA
Whats up with all the random bolts here? Theres one like 3 feet off the ground on the right side wall. Then there is one on 2 foot high rock on the left side wall. And if you scrabmble around to the top of the right side wall, there are 2 in the wierdest spots. Jul 18, 2011
Chris Norwood
San Diego, CA
Chris Norwood   San Diego, CA
Anyone know what's up with that squeeze to the right of "Talk to Me" 11a? Some of those bolts are literally 3 feet away from the bolt line on Talk to Me . . . Jul 1, 2012
Property owner at Laurel Pines asked that climbers not park across from the crag as it is blocking drivers line of sight leaving campground. He will be towing in the future and asked that climbers park at the turnout down the road instead. Sep 17, 2017

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