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Areas in Fairview Mountain

34.5645662,-117.116697 rock (Parking lot rocks) 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Land of the Lost 10 / 21 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 32
Middle Earth 8 / 61 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 70
Parking Lot Crags 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Phallus, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Tatooine 6 / 28 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 36

Description

Fairview Mountain is located near the town of Apple Valley and has some very fun climbing in a beautiful and secluded environment. The area is comprised of 3 sub-area; Tatooine, Middle Earth, and Land of the Lost. The rock is Monzonite with an excellent patina and the routes range from 25 to 90 feet. Most of the climbs are sport, but there are also some fun gear climbs and it is worth bringing a rack.

  • As of March 2014, there are 160+ climbs in the area.
  • Jan 2015, 190+ climbs in area.
  • Nov 2015, 230+ climbs in area.

Getting There

From Hwy 18 and Joshua Rd in Apple Valley, go north on Joshua Rd.
At 3 miles turn right on Cahuilla
then drive 2.8 miles and turn left onto dirt road that is marked with a small metal pole with red stripes.
Then immediately (within 10 ft.) veer left onto a smaller single track dirt road.
Follow this road heading north and northwest for about 1.7 miles to the parking area. Keep Fairview mountain on your left side until you see the first major canyon which where the parking area is. The parking area sits slightly uphill at the base of the ridge that is next to the canyon (Just before getting to parking area, you will make a sharp left turn and go uphill to the parking area which is at the base of the rocky hill/ridge).
Look around for the cairn which marks the start of the hillside trail that weaves through the rocks heading west up the hill. Plan for about 10 to 15 minutes of hiking to get to Tatooine; 20 minutes to get to Middle Earth; and 25-30 minutes to the Land of the Lost. There is also a canyon trail that takes you past the Hoodie towards Middle Earth.

140 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Fairview Mountain

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Hans Solo
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Jabba
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Shadowlands
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Blade Runner
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Greedo
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Padewan
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Leia
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
The Owl
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Jenga
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Red Hulk
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
You Must Face Vader
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
King Snake
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Yoda
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Sidewinder
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Space Wrangler
Sport
Hans Solo Tatooine > Jabba 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Jabba Tatooine > Jabba 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Shadowlands Middle Earth > Zena Rocks 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Blade Runner Middle Earth > Zena Rocks 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Greedo Tatooine > Greedo 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Padewan Tatooine > Inner Council 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Leia Tatooine > Jabba 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
The Owl Middle Earth > Owl 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Jenga Land of the Lost > Leaning Towers 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Red Hulk Middle Earth > Fairview Dome > S Face 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
You Must Face Vader Tatooine > Vader Roof 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
King Snake Middle Earth > Sidewinder 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Yoda Tatooine > Inner Council 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Sidewinder Middle Earth > Sidewinder 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Space Wrangler Middle Earth > Hercule's Foot 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
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Anyone familiar with the crags across the lake bed, to the east? I was checking them out while climbing in Tatooine, they're just south of Johnson Road, looking to the east across the dry lake. Looks like big potential fun.

Also, a BIG thank you to whomever maintains this area. Very nice climbers trails, nice hardware on the routes. I found your ammo can! Oct 8, 2017
Dave Kos
Temecula, CA
Dave Kos   Temecula, CA
I'm not sure how the climbing season chart is made but February is a great time to climb at Fairview. It may rain a bit more in February and can be colder, but rarely too cold for climbing. Just check the forecast before you go and bring warm clothes. Feb 26, 2017
zwms  
Just curious - why the big dip in February for "Climbing Season" chart? Was thinking about heading out here this weekend... Feb 8, 2017
Bobby Hutton
Gold Country CA
Bobby Hutton   Gold Country CA
We camped and climbed here over new years weekend. Great area, big kudos to the developers for putting so much time and love into this area. Jan 12, 2017
atomup  
If you prefer a potty, water, & a picnic table you can camp at horseman center. It's 10 min drive away. $6 to the city of AV, & $5 to the FD off HWY 18, & central for the use of the firepit. They will lock you in!! May 25, 2016
C Miller   CA  
Countzen wrote: Is there any sort of camping around here?
Yes, lots of free, undeveloped camping along the north and east sides of Fairview Mountain. Apr 14, 2016
Countzen Shin
Santa Monica, CA
Countzen Shin   Santa Monica, CA
Is there any sort of camping around here? Apr 13, 2016
Seth Largo
Kearney, Nebraska
Seth Largo   Kearney, Nebraska
Like Horseman's Center, it's well bolted and thus a good place to push your leading abilities on J-tree granite. Unlike Horseman's Center, it feels remote and offers nice desert views. Mar 15, 2016
C Miller   CA  
Rough - it's not the backside of Margheritaville but the mountain across the dry lake to the southwest. Nov 16, 2015
Rough  
Can we not just call this for what it is, "The Backside of Margheritaville"? Oct 25, 2015
Aaron covington
Pinon hills, ca
Aaron covington   Pinon hills, ca
Took me a while to get out here but I'm glad I finally went, the climbing here is excellent! its truly a hidden gem. The routes here are exceptional with rock similar to that of horseman's center. Jan 26, 2015
InlandEmpireDudes   So Cal
Video directions:
youtube.com/watch?v=iDH5fj2… Jan 25, 2014

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