Elevation: 5,680 ft
GPS: 34.307, -117.228 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Dave Daly on Apr 30, 2008
Admins: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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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 in more than 50+ 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.

Getting There

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,
  • *With the record setting rains of 2004, the highway was washed out in many regions. It has been repaired for the most part, but is still an exhilirating drive.**
•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.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
The Overhang
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Shotgun Wedding
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
That Crack
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Hidden Treasures
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Who's Flue
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
HB's Masterpiece
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Arrowsphere Main Ridge Pinn… > Pinnacle 2
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
The Overhang Shooting Gallery > Overhang Pinnacle
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Shotgun Wedding Shooting Gallery > Hone Pinnacle
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
That Crack Main Meadow > Ugly Wall
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Beauty Main Meadow > Ugly Wall
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Hidden Treasures Rotten Rock Valley > Wall of Buttresses > Lower Buttresses
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Who's Flue Shooting Gallery > Hone Pinnacle
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Winchester Shooting Gallery > Hone Pinnacle
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
HB's Masterpiece Skull > E Face
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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The Lake Arrowhead Pinnacles has over 500 routes, not 50+ Nov 13, 2017
Dave Daly
Kernville, CA
Dave Daly   Kernville, CA
Hey Pat, read the sentence carefully. You'll see that the 50+ routes reference was meant for the Center Of The Universe, not the entire Lake Arrowhead climbing area. Hope you're doing well. :) Nov 13, 2017
David Aldama
Running Springs, CA
David Aldama   Running Springs, CA
Keep an eye out for ticks, got a nasty bite climbing around the Shooting Gallery. Mar 9, 2018
Michèle Johansen
Highland, UT
Michèle Johansen   Highland, UT
Can someone help me understand how exactly you get there. The instructions above don't specify how far the walk is from the car to the pinnacle climbs. Oct 25, 2018
C Miller   CA  
Approach times vary at the Pinnacles depending upon the crag selected but plan on at least 15 minutes for the closest area (Shooting Gallery) and up to 60 minutes or more for places like Main Ridge Pinnacles and Rotten Rock Valley. Oct 25, 2018