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Elevation: 5,680 ft
GPS: 34.3067, -117.2281
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Shared By: Dave Daly on Apr 30, 2008
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The Pinnacles of Lake Arrowhead is a group of small, granite peaks Northwest of Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino Mountains. There are many excellent climbing opportunities with hundreds of bolted climbs scattered throughout the hills. Many local climbers compare the quality of the rock to that of Joshua Tree. The chaparral and manzanita surrounding and covering the Pinnacles tends to be the largest deterrent for most to some of the more remote walls and formations. A trail leads to the beautiful meadow just South of the Ugly Wall, supposedly this awesome little spot is referred to by local climbers as "The Center of the Universe". All other trails must be followed carefully as many small use-trails lead off into other areas,the main summit itself, and multiple bushwacks. There are at least 5 walls/groups of outcroppings that are bolted, with the area itself totaling 500 routes. The Pinnacles' main summit is an Sierra Club Hundred Peaks Section (HPS) peak and can easily be climbed in a day with the nearby HPS peak Mt. Marie Louise.

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Coming from the South:
  • Drive east on I-10 to I-215.
  • Drive north on I-215 to SR 30.
  • Go east on SR 30 to SR 18 (Waterman Avenue) in San Bernardino. Exit the freeway and turn left (north).
  • Drive north on SR 18 to Daley Canyon Road about 5.5 miles east of the Crestline SR 138 turnoff. Turn left (north) on Daley Canyon Road. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 0.5 mile, junction with SR 189. Turn left.
  • At 0.8 mile, fork. Go right and then immediately left onto Grass Valley Road.
  • At 2.8 miles, fork with Grass Valley Road on the left. Turn left.
  • At 5.3 miles, intersection with SR 173. Turn left.
  • At 5.5 miles, intersection with Pilot Rock Road (2N33).
  • Continue on SR 173 about 0.7 mile to the entrance of a rifle range. This is the trailhead. Drive about 0.2 mile further to the pavement end. Park here. Alternate parking is at a concrete water tank about 0.2 mile south of the rifle range.

Coming from the north:
Highway 173 has an impressive stretch of single lane dirt road cut into the side of a mountain with 700-900ft drops in some areas,
  • Go east on I-10 and then north on I-15 to SR 138. Turn right (east).
  • Go east 8.5 miles on SR 138 to SR 173 near Lake Silverwood. Turn left (east) on SR 173.
  • Go east on SR 173. The highway is paved for the first 8 miles and then becomes a dirt road. Continue 7 miles on the dirt road south up the Mojave River Canyon (spectacular) to the beginning of pavement.
  • Park off the road near the rifle range which will be on your right (west). Do not block the entrance to the range.
  • You can drive about 0.2 mile further to where the pavement ends and park there or alternatively you can park at a concrete water tank about 0.2 mile south of the rifle range.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Lake Arrowhead Pinnacles

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 13
On Belay with God
Sport
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 24
Fish and Game
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 6
Arrowsphere
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 4
Queen's Chase
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 16
The Overhang
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 11
Skeet Shoot
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 9
Brian's Song
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 18
Shotgun Wedding
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 5
That Crack
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 7
Hidden Treasures
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 9
Who's Flue
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 4
Straight Up the Butt
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 4
Water to Wine
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 10
Winchester
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 4
Pat's Gym
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
On Belay with God Shooting Gallery > Overhang Pinnacle
 13
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Sport
Fish and Game Shooting Gallery > Overhang Pinnacle
 24
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Arrowsphere Main Ridge Pinn… > Pinnacle 2
 6
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Queen's Chase Rotten Rock Valley > Wall of Buttresses > Lower Buttresses
 4
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
The Overhang Shooting Gallery > Overhang Pinnacle
 16
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Skeet Shoot Shooting Gallery > Shooting Gallery Center
 11
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Brian's Song Shooting Gallery > Overhang Pinnacle
 9
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Shotgun Wedding Shooting Gallery > Hone Pinnacle
 18
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
That Crack Main Meadow > Ugly Wall
 5
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Hidden Treasures Rotten Rock Valley > Wall of Buttresses > Lower Buttresses
 7
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Who's Flue Shooting Gallery > Hone Pinnacle
 9
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Straight Up the Butt Main Meadow > Butt
 4
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Water to Wine Rotten Rock Valley > … > Champagne Rock > Champagne Rock - E Face
 4
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Winchester Shooting Gallery > Hone Pinnacle
 10
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Pat's Gym Main Meadow > Ugly Wall
 4
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
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