Crafts Peak Rock Climbing
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Crafts Peak climbing area lies on the southwestern flanks of Crafts Peak (8364') and offers adventure climbing on pinnacles and large blocks as well as some proper cragging in a remote-feeling yet quite accessible location.
The many crags and pinnacles are located on a steep forested ridge with expansive views towards Lake Arrowhead and the San Gabriel Mountains as well as into the desert and towards the summit of Crafts Peak. A portion of the forest burned in the 2007 Butler 2 Fire and numerous dead and downed trees litter the landscape; fortunately the forest is making a slow but steady recovery.
Over 130 routes are found here with the majority being quite short (20-40 feet) while a few formations offer longer routes up to 80 feet, with the best being Untch Rock, which is also one of the closest to the parking area. Rock quality varies greatly from clean and almost polished to grainy with lichen and often on the same but different sides of the same formation.
Parking is somewhat limited with space for about 12-15 vehicles in the immediate area so please keep that in mind and please don't camp in the parking area. More parking and potential camping can be found 0.1 miles further up the road where 2N13D officially ends, although there is a black diamond 4WD road continuing up the hill; additionally some parking can be found 0.2 miles back down the road where the crags first come into view.
Camping is free and plentiful in the general area but unfortunately little is to found in the immediate vicinity owing to the narrow road and terrain.
Driving 0.1 miles past the parking area offers some choices as long as you don't mind camping next to the road, although there tends to be little traffic.
Another potential spot exists 0.2 miles back towards Green Valley Lake close to where the crags first come into view but it's very close to the road and not recommended.
Realistically the best bet is to find a spot further back down along 2N13 where there are many more choices.
- As usual please pay attention to any fire restrictions that may be in effect as this area has already burned in the recent Butler 2 Fire.
The road to Crafts Peak (2N13D) is rough and rocky and while four-wheel drive is not necessary a vehicle with high clearance and good tires is recommended; the road is comparable to the roads into Holcomb Valley but steeper and perhaps more rocky. The crags will come into view on the left the last 0.2 miles of the drive as the narrow road makes a right turn and parallels a steep canyon on the left which levels out near the parking area.
Approach times from the parking area range from 5-25 minutes depending upon which of the various crags you are seeking.
Classic Climbing Routes at Crafts Peak
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