Elevation: 6,339 ft
GPS: 33.792, -116.735 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: AJ on Oct 25, 2013 with updates from Anthony Tarascio
Admins: Colin Parker, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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Description

A nice hiking trail starting from the Marion Campground. Multiple granite boulders of all shapes and sizes can be accessed along the trail. The hike is steep so bringing multiple pads can be a bit of an endeavor but definitely worth it for those looking to get away from the Black Mountain crowds.
 Over the past 5 years some major development has been done by small group of individuals yielding over 200 problems from v0-v10 with many open projects and lots left to discover. The climbing at Marion is almost identical to the neighboring mecca of Black Mountain with lots of painful crimp blocs, powerful overhanging prows and delicate granite slabs. If you REALLY don't mind hiking uphill for miles at a time you should give it a shot.

Getting There

Turn off the 243 about 5 miles north of Idyllwild at a well-marked road. Follow the signs for about 2 miles to the trailhead. From the trailhead boulders have been put up as low as inside the Marion Mountain Campground (which is where you start the actual trail) and about as high as 3 miles up trail.
 So far there are two distinct zones being 'Winterfell' and 'Valley of Sleeping Giants'. Each consists of at least 20 or more free standing boulders with each boulder having as little as one problem to upwards of 4 or 5 problems.
 'Winterfell' is located off trail and uphill from 'Law of Equivalent Exchange' Boulder. So far it has mostly shorter boulders with the exception of massive and beautiful 'Dragonslaying' highball.
 'Valley of Sleeping Giants' is a highly concentrated zone far up and a ways off trail. As the name implies this valley is loaded with massive free standing boulders that almost all have 5 star lines. 'Shadow of the Colossus' and 'Living a Lie' are among them.
 

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