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Routes in KinderCare Boulders

Elevation: 2,519 ft
GPS: 33.638, -117.416 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Kurtiss Reed on Jan 5, 2015
Admins: jt512, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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Description

KinderCare is a fun location for those that are looking to spend a day taking things a bit easier. Ratings range from V0 to V7, but are mostly comprised of easier ratings. I haven't seen one person out here since I've started developing and I can tell that no one has climbed here before. The granite is crumbly in sections so be wary of foot and hand placements.

A few years back there was a fire that came through the hills of KnderCare, and killed a lot of the plants that kept the rocks secluded. During the fall of 2014, a team of firefighters chopped most of the burnt and dead brush in the area, exposing the rocks that were once hidden. Since my recent discovery, we have spent countless hours removing dead brush, raking, shoveling, and maintaining the area to make it safer and more accessible to others. There is currently a total of 14 documented routes. The area is split up into two sections, the Upper and Lower KinderCare Boulders.

Getting There

To access the KinderCare Boulders coming from the 5 North, Pass the Ortega Falls pull out and make your next right onto Decker Canyon Lane. Keep taking the trail until you see the patch of boulders on the hillside straight ahead. Once you see the bulders park on the left by the pile of Concrete. This road is privately owned so please respect your surroundings and the neighbors residing locally.

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Classic Climbing Routes at KinderCare Boulders

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V0 4
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Mid Day Mantle
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V1 5
 3
Watch Your Back
Boulder
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Mid Day Mantle
 3
V0 4 Boulder
Watch Your Back
 3
V1 5 Boulder
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drjman  
Great spot! There are a lot of kid-friendly boulders and its a quick 5 minute walk from the parking area. I didn't see any type of defined trail so we weaved through the recovering baby plants. Because of the fire and Forest Service clearing, there is next to no vegetation and access is cakewalk.
Parking was pretty obvious (added a photo) and it looked like an asphalt pile ;-)
The soil is very dry, dusty and full of ash (black spots everywhere). Everything we brought (legs included) got a nice dusting of ash. If we ever get any rain, it should clear this up a bit.
Jul 11, 2015
Kiomi  
the vegetation has grown back fairly thick. although pretty, the plants and flowers came up to about chest height on me and im 5'2. all the bugs were out at around 730am a friday morning... it was pretty hot already though like in the high 70s. Jun 6, 2016

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