Description

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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634 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
 174
Gold Standard
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 282
Bye Crackie
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 293
Coyotes at Sunset
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 106
Shoot at Will
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 180
Golden Poodle
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 107
Ricochet
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 185
Claim Jumper
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 168
One Armed Bandit
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 184
Powder Keg
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 235
Pistol Pete
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 122
Lost Orbit
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 129
Doc's Holiday
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 175
Coyotes in the Henhouse
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 79
Long Arm of The Law
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 70
The Incinerator
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Gold Standard Big Bear North > … > Central Pinnacles > Gold Wall
 174
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Bye Crackie Big Bear North > … > Central Pinnacles > Coyote Crag
 282
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Coyotes at Sunset Big Bear North > … > Central Pinnacles > Coyote Crag
 293
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Shoot at Will Big Bear North > … > Central Pinnacles > Tombstone Pit
 106
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Golden Poodle Big Bear North > … > Central Pinnacles > Coyote Crag
 180
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Ricochet Big Bear North > … > Central Pinnacles > Pistol Whipped Wall
 107
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Claim Jumper Big Bear North > … > Central Pinnacles > Claim Jumper Wall
 185
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
One Armed Bandit Big Bear North > … > Central Pinnacles > Claim Jumper Wall
 168
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Powder Keg Big Bear North > … > Motherlode Rock > Motherlode Rock - N Face
 184
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Pistol Pete Big Bear North > … > Central Pinnacles > Doc Holliday Wall
 235
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Lost Orbit Big Bear North > … > Lost Orbit Rock > Lost Orbit Rock - E Face
 122
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Doc's Holiday Big Bear North > … > Central Pinnacles > Doc Holliday Wall
 129
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Coyotes in the Henhouse Big Bear North > … > Central Pinnacles > Claim Jumper Wall
 175
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Long Arm of The Law Big Bear North > … > Motherlode Rock > Motherlode Rock - W Face
 79
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
The Incinerator Big Bear North > … > Central Pinnacles > Incinerator Wall
 70
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
Albert Han
San Mateo
Albert Han   San Mateo
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