Elevation: 7,389 ft
GPS: 34.231, -116.962 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 47,854 total · 297/month
Shared By: Isaac T. on Mar 19, 2007 with improvements by J Pace
Admins: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

Description

An amazing crag, with superb quality granite located on top of a rather steep hill with jaw dropping views of the mountains and Big Bear Lake. It is a rather secluded area although during the summer due to its high elevation and relatively shady setting the area can attract quite a few climbers. Due to its high elevation it can get a bit breezy and chilly in the late afternoon.

Getting There

This area can be a little tricky to find as it is marked by a rather small trail sign and the parking area is down the road a bit from the trail. But it is off HWY 18 about 1 mile from the dam. If you are coming from Running springs at the dam you would turn right across the dam and drive for about 2 miles the trail is on your right. The parking area is about 200 feet further on HWY 18 on your Left.

 The trail is a surprisingly steep lung buster, the trail is in good condition though and as you get higher the views get even more amazing. Near the top the trail can get a little hard to find but just follow the footprints in a generally south east direction and you will see the crag. The trail is about a mile, and up until April or even May you can be walking through snow to get to Castle Rock, so dress accordingly.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Castle Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 31
Easy As Your Sister's Best Friend
Sport
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 13
Chainmail
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 33
The Sphynx
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 41
Black Tower Crack
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 30
Crossbow
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 35
The Turret
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 13
The Great Steps of Cheops
Trad, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 40
Ball and Chain
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 46
Knightline
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 5
Headwall Center
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 13
Cryptology
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 15
Castle Crack
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 5
Grappling Hooks
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 16
The Roofs
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 6
King Of The Castle
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Easy As Your Sister's Best… Castle Rock - E Face
 31
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Sport
Chainmail Castle Rock - Southea…
 13
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
The Sphynx Castle Rock - Southwe…
 33
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Black Tower Crack Castle Rock - E Face
 41
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Crossbow Castle Rock - Southea…
 30
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
The Turret Castle Rock - Southwe…
 35
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
The Great Steps of Cheops Castle Rock - Southwe…
 13
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Ball and Chain Castle Rock - Southwe…
 40
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Knightline Castle Rock - Southea…
 46
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad
Headwall Center Castle Rock - Black T…
 5
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Cryptology Castle Rock - Southwe…
 13
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Castle Crack Castle Rock - S Face
 15
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Grappling Hooks Castle Rock - S Face
 5
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
The Roofs Castle Rock - S Face
 16
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
King Of The Castle Castle Rock - S Face
 6
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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