Elevation: 7,508 ft
GPS: 33.826, -116.759 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Obi on Jul 9, 2007 with improvements by Bidimpata-Kerim Tshimanga
Admins: Euan Cameron, Colin Parker, M Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
Access Issue: If you don't want to cause access issues please make it a point to be on your best behavior. Details

Description

A premier bouldering locale of Southern California, the granite boulders call out to any climber who visits this area. A variety of boulder problems are found, both in terms of steepness and grades. Located at 7500 ft, bouldering here is in a beautiful mountain setting - pine trees are as plentiful as the boulders are.

Most newcomers to Black Mountain quickly notice two things: 1) the problems here are often tall and off-the-deck 2) the ratings are HARD for the grade. Fear not - many of the most visible problems are indeed tall (20+ feet in Boulder Basin), but shorter problems can be found if one looks close enough. As for the grades, I'd suggest leaving your egos at home...

The area is primarily a summer and fall destination site. The rangers lock the gates to Black Mountain during the winter and early spring months. Check this website (scroll down) or call the Idyllwild Ranger Station (909-382-2921) regarding questions about access to Boulder Basin campground if in doubt.

Weekends can be crowded, especially in Boulder Basin with many families (read: groups with kids) running around. Please be courteous and ask for permission before climbing on any problems that are in someone else's campsite.

Pit toilets are available in Boulder Basin. Although water (technically not drinkable...) can be piped into the campsite, spigots are shut off during drought seasons. Be sure to bring your own water just in case.

Camping: $10 dollars per night for a site in Boulder Basin Campground.

Parking outside of the campsites is extremely limited. Be Green and carpool if at all possible. Contact the rangers in Idyllwild for more information.

Getting There

From L.A., take Interstate 10 east. Get off at highway 243 and head south towards Idyllwild. After about 30 minutes, turn left onto Black Mountain Road (look for a sign that says "Boulder Basin Campground").

After about 5 miles, you will arrive at OK Corral. A little less than a mile up the road, take the left turn towards Boulder Basin.

  • Please note that the 6 miles of dirt road is rough. Each year the road is in varying states of "drivable conditions". Generally, although it is possible to make it up the dirt road, I would highly recommend a 4x4 vehicle. Please drive slowly on this road as it narrows in places.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Black Mountain

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V1 5 R
 47
Once Upon A Time
Boulder
V1 5
 57
Gym Problem
Boulder
V1-2 5 R
 33
Big Greeny
Boulder
V2-3 5+
 77
Pink Crack
Boulder
V3 6A
 35
The Visor Lip
Boulder
V3 6A R
 21
Hueco Wall
Boulder
V3 6A
 61
Gypsy's Day Out
Boulder
V4 6B
 83
OK Problem
Boulder
V4 6B
 39
Saddle Traverse
Boulder
V4 6B
 33
The Chief
Boulder
V5 6C R
 16
Where Boneheads Dare
Boulder
V6 7A
 78
Center Visor
Boulder
V6 7A
 39
NRA
Boulder
V7 7A+
 24
Cracker Boy
Boulder
V7 7A+
 41
Tour de France (aka Firewall)
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Once Upon A Time Summit > Once Upon A Tim… > Once Upon A Time Boulder
 47
V1 5 R Boulder
Gym Problem OK Corral > Rdside Corral > G Boulder (aka Cosmos…
 57
V1 5 Boulder
Big Greeny Boulder Basin > S Basin > Big Greeny Boulder
 33
V1-2 5 R Boulder
Pink Crack Boulder Basin > Central Basin > Pink Boulder
 77
V2-3 5+ Boulder
The Visor Lip Summit > NRA > Visor Boulder
 35
V3 6A Boulder
Hueco Wall OK Corral > Lower Corral > Morphic Boulder
 21
V3 6A R Boulder
Gypsy's Day Out Boulder Basin > N Basin > Little Saigon Boulder
 61
V3 6A Boulder
OK Problem OK Corral > Rdside Corral > H Boulder (aka Reed's…
 83
V4 6B Boulder
Saddle Traverse Summit > Saddle Boulders
 39
V4 6B Boulder
The Chief Groupsites > … > 4&5 North > Chief Boulder
 33
V4 6B Boulder
Where Boneheads Dare Boulder Basin > Central Basin > Daring Boulder
 16
V5 6C R Boulder
Center Visor Summit > NRA > Visor Boulder
 78
V6 7A Boulder
NRA Summit > NRA > NRA Boulder
 39
V6 7A Boulder
Cracker Boy Summit > Cracker Boy Area > Buttermilk Boulder
 24
V7 7A+ Boulder
Tour de France (aka Firewall) Boulder Basin > Tour De France Area
 41
V7 7A+ Boulder
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