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Areas in South Area

Behind the Scenes 1 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Purgatory Wall 1 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
VD (Very Direct) Wall 5 / 14 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 15
Wallbanger 2 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
West World 1 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Elevation: 4,440 ft
GPS: 34.411, -117.856 Google Map · Climbing Map
Shared By: Bill Olszewski on Apr 16, 2009
Admins: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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Description

The South Area of the Devil’s Punchbowl consists of several long sandstone slabs arranged on a hillside, facing north. This area sits in a valley to the south of and about 300’ below the parking lot. A creek graces this area in the winter and spring, flowing down out of the San Gabriel Mountains, along the base of the climbing walls. The preeminent wall in this area is Very Direct (VD) wall. It features by far the most routes and sits in front of the other walls. The sandstone in the South Area tends to be more homogenous than what is found in the North Area, lending well to fine smearing and not a lot of aggregate rock. It is also in this southern part of the park where most of the moderate climbing is found. Since the walls are predominantly north-facing, the South Area is best for climbing on warm days. It can get very hot in summer.

Getting There

From the parking lot, take the trail at the south side (to the left of the Burkhart Horse Trail sign). Follow this trail a short distance to a fork. Take the left fork over to a nice lookout of the southern valley. From here, follow the trail down on the right, into the valley. The trail will switch back to the left and continue east to the bottom of the valley, with several small turns and switchbacks. Once you encounter the creek, head right. Continue upstream, making a few crossings along the way, until you reach the base of a large sandstone slab. This is Very Direct (VD) wall. Allow about 10 minutes hiking from the parking lot.

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Classic Climbing Routes at South Area

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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Rurp Rip-off
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Slot Machine
Trad, Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Tree Corner
Trad, Sport 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
Water Cracks
Trad, Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Velcro
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Follower’s Folly
Trad, Sport 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Overhanger
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Taboo
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
Reqiuem
Sport 2 pitches
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Lower Bolt Route
Sport 2 pitches
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Spike the Punch
Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13
Rupert The Bear
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Arched Demon
Sport
Rurp Rip-off VD (Very Direct) Wall 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Slot Machine VD (Very Direct) Wall 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Sport
Tree Corner VD (Very Direct) Wall 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Sport 2 pitches
Water Cracks VD (Very Direct) Wall 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13 Trad, Sport
Velcro VD (Very Direct) Wall 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Follower’s Folly VD (Very Direct) Wall 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Sport 3 pitches
Overhanger VD (Very Direct) Wall 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Taboo Behind the Scenes 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Reqiuem VD (Very Direct) Wall 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13 Sport 2 pitches
Lower Bolt Route VD (Very Direct) Wall 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
Spike the Punch VD (Very Direct) Wall 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Rupert The Bear VD (Very Direct) Wall 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13 Sport
Arched Demon VD (Very Direct) Wall 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
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