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Lost Orbit Rock - East Face 5 / 13 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 18
Lost Orbit Rock - West Face 10 / 2 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 14

Description [Edit]

Located midway between the lower parking area and the Central Pinnacles (i.e Coyote Crag, Claim Jumper Wall and others), this is a good area to escape the frequent crowds of the more popular areas of the Pinnacles.

The west side has a collection of moderate cracks and slab routes, but it's the east face with it's varied, more difficult and higher quality climbs that truly shines and makes this an ideal destination for those warmer days of summer. With almost twenty quality lines to choose from on the east side alone there's plenty to choose from and enough space to accomodate several parties at once.

Getting There [Edit]

If coming from the north and the vicinty of Coyote Crag hike west past Camp Rock and pick up a well-worn trail that leads south through the woods. When the trail splits head left and continue southeast a short distance until the northwest corner of the formation comes into view. Allow 5-10 for the approach.

From the southern parking area head north along the west face of Parkinglot Rock and then jog slightly northeast along a faint trail which leads to the southern end of the formation near the route Sloping Beauty. Allow 5 minutes for the approach.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Lost Orbit Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 17
Bear's Choice
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 4
Bear Stroll
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 3
Call Me Ishmael
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 14
The Longest Yard
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 10
Bear Essence
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 34
Slacker
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 108
Lost Orbit
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 60
Lunar Eclipse
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 15
Lost Highway
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 10
Nowhere To Go But Down
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 32
Road Crew
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Bear's Choice Lost Orbit Rock - W Face
 17
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Bear Stroll Lost Orbit Rock - W Face
 4
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Call Me Ishmael Lost Orbit Rock - E Face
 3
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
The Longest Yard Lost Orbit Rock - E Face
 14
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Bear Essence Lost Orbit Rock - W Face
 10
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Slacker Lost Orbit Rock - E Face
 34
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Lost Orbit Lost Orbit Rock - E Face
 108
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Lunar Eclipse Lost Orbit Rock - E Face
 60
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Lost Highway Lost Orbit Rock - E Face
 15
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Nowhere To Go But Down Lost Orbit Rock - E Face
 10
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Road Crew Lost Orbit Rock - E Face
 32
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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Chris Owen
Big Bear Lake
Chris Owen   Big Bear Lake  
Working for NASA- JPL the term "Lost Orbit" always makes me cringe... Feb 25, 2011
Alex Fletcher
Anaheim, CA
Alex Fletcher   Anaheim, CA
After a few trips to the Central Pinnacles, I decided to take a look at Lost Orbit Rock again and I'm so glad I did. You walk past it every time from the Southern parking area and it has tons of easy trad on the West face for a full morning of climbing then great moderate sport routes on the East face for the afternoon. If the East face is really what you want and you can't wait until the afternoon for the sun to cast it in shade then you're in luck because several large trees cast shade over the popular areas most of the morning anyway. Jul 23, 2016

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