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Areas in Big Bear Lake Area

Big Bear North 150 / 259 / 32 / 53 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 489
Big Bear South 69 / 31 / 18 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 118

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This details all of the various crags centered around Big Bear Lake, the largest town in the area. Due to the size and complexity of the area it has been broken into two separate areas - Big Bear North and Big Bear South.

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Please see the individual area pages for more detailed approach information.

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607 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Big Bear Lake Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 164
Gold Standard
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 267
Bye Crackie
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 274
Coyotes at Sunset
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 98
Shoot at Will
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 170
Golden Poodle
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 97
Ricochet
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 174
Claim Jumper
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 154
One Armed Bandit
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 98
Golden Nugget
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 172
Powder Keg
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 215
Pistol Pete
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 113
Lost Orbit
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 117
Doc's Holiday
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 160
Coyotes in the Henhouse
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 63
The Incinerator
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Gold Standard Big Bear North > … > Central Pinnacles > Gold Wall
 164
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Bye Crackie Big Bear North > … > Central Pinnacles > Coyote Crag
 267
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Coyotes at Sunset Big Bear North > … > Central Pinnacles > Coyote Crag
 274
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Shoot at Will Big Bear North > … > Central Pinnacles > Tombstone Pit
 98
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Golden Poodle Big Bear North > … > Central Pinnacles > Coyote Crag
 170
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Ricochet Big Bear North > … > Central Pinnacles > Pistol Whipped Wall
 97
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Claim Jumper Big Bear North > … > Central Pinnacles > Claim Jumper Wall
 174
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
One Armed Bandit Big Bear North > … > Central Pinnacles > Claim Jumper Wall
 154
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Golden Nugget Big Bear North > … > Motherlode Rock > Motherlode Rock - E Face
 98
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Powder Keg Big Bear North > … > Motherlode Rock > Motherlode Rock - N Face
 172
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Pistol Pete Big Bear North > … > Central Pinnacles > Doc Holliday Wall
 215
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Lost Orbit Big Bear North > … > Lost Orbit Rock > Lost Orbit Rock - E Face
 113
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Doc's Holiday Big Bear North > … > Central Pinnacles > Doc Holliday Wall
 117
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Coyotes in the Henhouse Big Bear North > … > Central Pinnacles > Claim Jumper Wall
 160
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
The Incinerator Big Bear North > … > Central Pinnacles > Incinerator Wall
 63
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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Little spot for a refreshment before heading back to the valley is the Big Bear Mountain Brewery, 40260 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake (909.866.BEER) Mar 19, 2007
Brewery? The food is overpriced and their brew overrated. If you're looking for good beer and reasonably priced food, head down to La Montana off of Moonridge for happy hour(4-7).

If you must go to the brewery though, check out their Red Ant Hill Ale or Grizzly Bear. Jul 24, 2010
spencerstewart Stewart
Big Bear Lake, CA
spencerstewart Stewart   Big Bear Lake, CA
We're just started a little climbing store in Big Bear Valley (Fawnskin area) if y'all ever need anything. Just BD gear and some organic climbing salve for now. No price gouging and 5% of sales goes to clean up the ever more crowded crags like Holcomb!
www.bearclimbing.com
May 6, 2014
AlbertH  
What's the climbing like at this time of year? Are the crags climbable? What if it snows a few days prior? Nov 7, 2015
C Miller   CA  
Days are short, nights are below freezing and climbing in the sun is a must but the crowds are all gone now to Joshua Tree. Climbing is entirely possible after a snow provided you have 4WD to drive the roads otherwise forget about it. Nov 9, 2015

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