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Areas in The Cemetery

Black Boulder, The 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Black Tower, The 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Brown Corridor 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Cornerstones, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Courtyard, The 0 / 4 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Evil Pillar 1 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Gate Keeper, The 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Pillar of Despair 0 / 2 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Pillar of Hope 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Pit, The 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Project X Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Schlep Rock 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Stonehenge Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 15 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 15
Sunset Cliffs 0 / 4 / 2 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Tombstones, The 1 / 8 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10

Description

The Cemetery is a large collection of crags spread across an area to the southeast of the Horseman's Center. One has only to walk around for a couple minutes to find the grade and sun exposure they like. It is home to many nice sport routes on fine granite reminiscent of the domes of Joshua Tree. Although most of the crags stand only about 30’ to 40’ high, the climbing is great, the protection excellent, and there is a nice variety of routes generally between 5.8 and 5.11, making this a great destination for the moderate/advanced climber. Most routes have chain anchors for top rope/rappel. Due to the quality of rock and routes, as well as the protection, this is a good area for leaders just breaking into these levels of difficulty.

Getting There

From the dirt parking lot, walk to where the chain link fence ends at the hillside and go left into the park. Follow the rock-lined path around to the right, passing the Lightning Bolt formation on your right and the equestrian arena on the left. Continue straight towards the far hillside, picking up the trail that heads south (right). Follow this trail up and over a small rise. From here you can see the Cemetery to the southeast. Continue along the trail into the heart of the formations, or take another obvious trail that leads around the south end of the Cemetery, circling left around the twin pillars of Despair and Hope. Allow about 15 minutes of easy hiking from the parking lot.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Cemetery

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Mojave Green Arete
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Umbilical Cord
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Brewser
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Sensible Shoes
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Dismembered
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Changing Forms
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Rise and Devour
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Necessary Evil
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
The Outspoken
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Exhumed
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Existence Denied
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Evil Twin
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Return to Hell
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
War Machine
Sport
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
World Full of Hate
Sport
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a Sport
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My wife and I recently headed out to a formation I think was called "The Cove," which was out beyond Sunset Cliffs along the same bench. The area reputedly had some of the longest routes in the area--a couple of 10b's + one or two harder lines. It looks like the info. has been removed from this site, which is a good thing. We had an old topo printed from Mtn. Proj., hiked out there, and found every last single bolt had been stripped of hangers. Looks like the studs and nuts are all in place but ZERO hangers. Oh, well, it's a nice hike out that bench!

ON the plus side, Jim Voss and friends have been putting up a ton of new routes that we can't wait to try. Keep the area clean, everyone. We always pack out some garbage.

BAd Jan 25, 2015
Chris Owen
Big Bear Lake
Chris Owen   Big Bear Lake  
I remember one Sunday when JTree was closed for some reason this place was swarming with climbers!

Nice area to visit, with expansive views and fun climbing on High Desert granite. Feb 18, 2010

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