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Elevation: 5,300 ft 1,615 m
GPS: 34.3067, -117.2281
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Shared By: C Miller on Dec 8, 2008
Admins: C Miller, Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer Ski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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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 Suggest change

The recommended approach is via the summit trail passing The Bong (aka 2001) along it's south edge 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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