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Routes in School Rock - West Face

Aswad T 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Changing Corners T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Far Right Flake T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Hot for Teacher TR 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Large Wooden Babies T 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Small Wooden Babies T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Twin Cracks T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Ventana T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Description

High on a hillside above the town of Running Springs is this sixty foot high, west-facing formation with a nice selection of routes from 5.5 to 5.12 on clean, compact granite offering year-round climbing provided snow levels aren't too high. With it's westerly aspect this area can get really hot making it ideal for summer mornings or spring and fall afternoons. Watch out for rattlesnakes in the area as they're commonly seen when it's warm.

Twin Cracks (5.8), Small Wooden Babies (5.9), Ventana (5.10a), Hot for Teacher (5.10d) and Aswad (5.12b) are all recommended routes for the area.

Several other small formations and some bouldering are also found in the immediate vicinity.

Getting There

Midway between the town of Running Springs and Keller Peak Road make a turn onto Running Springs School Road and follow it for 0.8 miles to an unmarked dirt road on the left. Drive 0.5 miles to a spot where the rock is visible and park on the left. A 5-10 minute walk with minimal elevation gain leads directly to the base.

As an alternative you can drive 0.7 miles from the start of the dirt road to a spot where the road splits. Take the left fork and continue for another 0.3 miles as it winds around to a circular parking area on the backside of the rock. Descend a gully on the left (south) side of the rock to the base. The approach takes about 5 minutes or less.

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Classic Climbing Routes at School Rock - West Face

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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
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