Elevation: 5,300 ft
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Shared By: C Miller on Dec 8, 2008
Admins: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin ., Vicki Schwantes
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Description

Rotten Rock Valley, notwithstanding the name, is actually a great location with many, many fun routes on typically high-quality rock with sweeping views from atop many of the numerous pinnacles in the area. Crack and face climbs are in abundance and lots of bouldering exists as well.

That said, please bear in mind the area is guarded by a long and tricky approach and all for a bunch of single pitch routes, so keep this in mind if thinking of visiting. If the approach sounds long and complex you are correct and as noted should not attempt this without first going with someone who knows the way.

Getting There

The recommended approach is via the summit trail passing The Bong (aka 2001) along it's south edge and and head west skirting rock and brush then head south through rocks passing The Tub as you drop down into the eastern edge of Rotten Rock Valley passing Champagne Rock which is the first formation encountered in Rotten Rock Valley proper.

The approach is about two miles and mostly uphill, with rugged rolling terrain once you leave the main trail, and takes 1-2 hours depending on your fitness and whether or not you get lost; the approach is like a longer, more involved version of the hike to the base of Tahquitz Rock. It is highly recommmended to go with someone who knows the way the first time or two or risk getting lost!

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Classic Climbing Routes at Rotten Rock Valley

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Hidden Treasures Wall of Buttresses > Lower Buttresses
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5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
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Dave Daly
Kernville, CA
Dave Daly   Kernville, CA
Add to comments.....killer climbs put up by Rim Of The World Climbing Club "boys and girls", including a handful by Chris Miller and crew. Bandit Arete comes to mind... Dec 14, 2012
David Aldama
Running Springs, CA
David Aldama   Running Springs, CA
An alternate and less strenuous approach begins at the Main Meadow to the Ugly Wall. On the west end of the Ugly Wall is a notch that allows you to drop down the hillside and into a creek bed that if followed all the way will lead to the entrance boulders and the rest of the trail to Rotten Rock Valley. Cairns lead the way. Allow 45 minutes to an hour for the approach. Nov 19, 2018