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(g) 8000 Foot Crag

California > San Bernardino… > Highway 38 Crags
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Description

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 over 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 (h) Onyx Summit Crag.

 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 just south of the crag, offering room for multiple vehicles, which features a slightly longer, albeit scenic hike along a dry stream bed that parallels the highway; allow 10 minutes for this approach.

Limited parking is found just north of Rainbow Lane at a dirt turnout on the east 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; this 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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Cool-looking cloud (Altocumulus Lenticularis), 8000 Foot Crag
[Hide Photo] Cool-looking cloud (Altocumulus Lenticularis), 8000 Foot Crag
Rock and lichen, 8000 Foot Crag
[Hide Photo] Rock and lichen, 8000 Foot Crag
The view from the top, 8000 Foot Crag
[Hide Photo] The view from the top, 8000 Foot Crag
Taylor near the top of Out of Sight (5.10b), 8000 Foot Crag
[Hide Photo] Taylor near the top of Out of Sight (5.10b), 8000 Foot Crag
Dave starting up Blurry (5.8), 8000 Foot Crag
[Hide Photo] Dave starting up Blurry (5.8), 8000 Foot Crag
Setting up for the crux on El Rayo (5.10b), 8000 Foot Crag
[Hide Photo] Setting up for the crux on El Rayo (5.10b), 8000 Foot Crag
Drill hole in boulder from Hwy. 38 construction, 8000 Foot Crag
[Hide Photo] Drill hole in boulder from Hwy. 38 construction, 8000 Foot Crag
Crag and clouds, 8000 Foot Crag
[Hide Photo] Crag and clouds, 8000 Foot Crag
Look for the crag just past this elevation marker, San Bernardino Mountains
[Hide Photo] Look for the crag just past this elevation marker, San Bernardino Mountains
Out of Sight (5.10b), 8000 Foot Crag
[Hide Photo] Out of Sight (5.10b), 8000 Foot Crag
8000 Foot Crag.
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If you drive past this sign, you've gone to far!
[Hide Photo] If you drive past this sign, you've gone to far!

Comments [Hide ALL Comments]

Chris Norwood
San Diego, CA
[Hide Comment] 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
[Hide Comment] 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
Chris Owen
Big Bear Lake
[Hide Comment] You may find the moderate routes on the left side of the crag quite challenging at the start - balancy moves with a lack of positive holds and the addition of lichen and dirt makes them seem harder than the grade would suggest. May 6, 2019