Elevation: 2,260 ft
GPS: 32.984, -116.95 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: mschlocker on Apr 29, 2008
Admins: Marc Kajut, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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Description

A nice little cragging area located on the flanks of Iron Mountain overlooking Ramona. There are two main areas. Poway Crags "Proper" is featured in the Kennedy guide and features short but steep climbs. The Ramona Wall is a separate area featuring longer but mostly more mellow climbing. Typical compact San Diego granite. Many bolted routes require a cam or two so bring a small rack up to 3".

The crag is mostly South and East facing so it will recieve morning sun and lots of it.

Be alert of fire damage to some bolts and rock. Wear a helmet, there is loose rock at the top of many climbs.

Getting There

Park just South of Poway road on the 67. Take the very popular hikers' trail up toward Iron Mountain. At the trail fork (1.5 mi) hang a left toward the Ramona Overlook (additional 0.5 mi). Just past the trail junction with the overlook keep heading North toward the crag. It will be in view at this time.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Poway Crags

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 18
Stellar Crack
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 14
Dragonfly
Trad, Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 5
Dirty Bush
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 4
Rattlesnake Airline
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 14
Troglodyte Trot
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 10
Vitamin P
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 5
Roshambo
Trad 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 15
Double Dragon Arete
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 11
Don't Pet The Tiger
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 11
Godzilla
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 6
Suspended Evolution
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Stellar Crack Ramona Wall > Stellar Walls
 18
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Dragonfly Ramona Wall > Woodson View Slabs
 14
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Sport
Dirty Bush Ramona Wall > Woodson View Slabs
 5
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Rattlesnake Airline Ramona Wall > Roshambo Ledge
 4
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Troglodyte Trot Poway Crags Proper > Godzilla Buttress
 14
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Vitamin P Poway Crags Proper > Sport Wall
 10
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Roshambo Ramona Wall > Roshambo Ledge
 5
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Double Dragon Arete Ramona Wall > Stellar Walls
 15
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Don't Pet The Tiger Poway Crags Proper > Godzilla Buttress
 11
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Godzilla Poway Crags Proper > Godzilla Buttress
 11
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Suspended Evolution Poway Crags Proper > Sport Wall
 6
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
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mschlocker
San Diego, CA
mschlocker   San Diego, CA
This area has been opened to climbing as of 9/2010. The Ramona Wall and Miller Time Walls have seasonal closure Dec 15 through August 31. It is very important to respect this. The Ramona Wall is a prefect fall climbing area and receives afternoon shade.

For topos of Poway Crags and the Ramona Wall please visit climbingtoposofsandiego.com
Please note that there is a separate topo for each. Oct 4, 2010
Neal Harder
San Diego
Neal Harder   San Diego
As of July 2017 there is a sign where the climbers trail for Poway Crags Proper leaves the main trail stating that the entire area is closed to recreation yearly through July 1st. Jul 4, 2017