Black Bluff Rock Climbing
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|Shared By:||Chris Owen on Jun 24, 2011|
|Admins:||C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes|
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DescriptionThis remote and wild crag sits on the edge of the mesa west of Bluff Mesa Group Camp. The crag probably has one of the best outlooks of any crag in Southern California, with spectacular views across Bear Creek to Hwy 18 (Arctic Circle section), all the way to Mount Baldy. The rock is granite, about 80 feet high, with predominantly crack climbs, a number of which are very fine indeed. This coupled with the wildness, and the outlook makes it a very worthy destination.
A perfect counterpoint to Holcomb Valley Pinnacles.
Getting ThereFrom Big Bear Lake take Mill Creek Road which turns into Forest Road 2N10 for about 3.5 miles to a Tee in the road and make a right on 2N86 following it until it splits off left on a smaller dirt road (2N86A) to Bluff Mesa Group Campground. Park before you reach the campground, if you don't you'll get a lot of people staring at you, and maybe even asking you leave "their" campground.
Walk through the campground to it's western edge and start looking for either a cairn, or a plastic sign post (like the Joshua Tree Access Fund types) - once you find this you'll be set, carefully follow cairns and posts to a wide gully on the edge of the mesa which will lead down the slope and left to the bottom of the crag, it's about 1.5 miles following the cairns and wandering past many a likely candidate for good bouldering.
Be warned that's it's easy to get lost on the mesa, check your way there and be very aware of your surroundings. Some people have placed a set of cairns which run south to Siberia Creek, if, on the way back to the campground, you hit a trail next to a creek you've gone the wrong way and will need to back track.
Classic Climbing Routes at Black Bluff
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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