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Areas in Castle Rock

Castle Rock - Black Tower Buttress 3 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Castle Rock - East Face 5 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Castle Rock - North Face 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Castle Rock - South Face 3 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Castle Rock - Southeast Face 7 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Castle Rock - Southwest Face 3 / 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5

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.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Chainmail
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
The Sphynx
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Black Tower Crack
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Crossbow
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
The Turret
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
The Drawbridge
TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
The Great Steps of Cheops
Trad, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Ball and Chain
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Knightline
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Headwall Center
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Cryptology
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Castle Crack
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Grappling Hooks
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
The Roofs
Sport
Chainmail Castle Rock - Southeast Face 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
The Sphynx Castle Rock - Southwest Face 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Black Tower Crack Castle Rock - E Face 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Crossbow Castle Rock - Southeast Face 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
The Turret Castle Rock - Southwest Face 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
The Drawbridge Castle Rock - Southeast Face 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a TR
The Great Steps of Cheops Castle Rock - Southwest Face 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Ball and Chain Castle Rock - Southwest Face 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Knightline Castle Rock - Southeast Face 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad
Headwall Center Castle Rock - Black Tower Buttress 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Cryptology Castle Rock - Southwest Face 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Castle Crack Castle Rock - S Face 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Grappling Hooks Castle Rock - S Face 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
The Roofs Castle Rock - S Face 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
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Chris Owen
Big Bear Lake
Chris Owen   Big Bear Lake  
Good job! In spring of 2015 my kids and I remove 56 plastic water bottles from the same place - some of them still had water in them, bloody ridiculous! I wrote to city hall to ask them to post a sign at the trailhead, with no reply. Oct 12, 2015
spencerstewart Stewart
Big Bear Lake, CA
spencerstewart Stewart   Big Bear Lake, CA

Had a lot of fun slipping into the crevices and cleaning all the trash out. There was some old stuff in there, including a few camera lens covers, haha. Keep it clean! Oct 28, 2014
mhagny  
On the main trail, when you get to the split-log benches, be sure to go right. This is the main trail, but can escape notice since it goes steep on the rock outcropping there. Aug 28, 2013
Nick Tunnicliffe
Costa Mesa
Nick Tunnicliffe   Costa Mesa
I was just out there a week ago or something. The last week of July. I found a draw on the black tower, or whatever it is called. It's by the southeast face. If you want it, let me know what it is. Aug 3, 2013
Ian McG  
Was out hiking today (6/17) and found some gear at some of the bolted anchors on one of the routes on the SW face. PM me with a description to get your gear back to ya.

-Ian Jun 17, 2013

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