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Piru Creek Bouldering area


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Joel Wainwright · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2018 · Points: 0

Hey All, was looking for a little info on the piru bouldering area off of I5. I am making a trip up to Shasta from Phx and needed a place to stop and hopefully boulder on the way. I figure I can make it to this area just over 6 hours from my place in phx. Is it worth a stop for some bouldering and a overnight stay before hitting the road up north? Does anyone have any maps of the area for problems?
Any info is much appreciated!
Thanks
Joel

Aidan Mahoney · · Santa Clarita, CA · Joined Feb 2016 · Points: 326

Hey Joel, sorry I haven't looked at this thing in a while. Honestly it's not the best spot in the summer,  if you manage to get decent conditions it's more than worth it. I've developed hundreds of problems but haven't made a proper guide or map. Most of the boulders are up the creek past the gate at the base of the damn. Lots of sandstone boulders. Feel free to call me if ou have any questions. 661-476-7679 - Aidan 

Joel Wainwright · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2018 · Points: 0

Thanks for the reply. I ended up stopping off for a few hours at Stoney point. I will definitely check out Piru if I drive through during a cooler time of year.
Joel

Kevin Mokracek · · Burbank · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 250

There is a lot of stone in the Piru Creek area.  I used to kayak the section between Frenchman Flat and Lake Piru, lots of cool boulders and walls down in that canyon.  

Guy Keesee · · Moorpark, CA · Joined Mar 2008 · Points: 311
Joel Wainwright wrote: Thanks for the reply. I ended up stopping off for a few hours at Stoney point. I will definitely check out Piru if I drive through during a cooler time of year.
Joel

Stoney Point.... a definitely better place to stop. 

You might try “Wagon Wheel” by Ridgecrest next time... great granite boulders, OK to free camp and you can go over HWY 178 and join I5/99. Don’t look at boulders along 178.... they’re just illusions. 
  
Aidan Mahoney · · Santa Clarita, CA · Joined Feb 2016 · Points: 326

Indeed! Hundereds of problems up the creek in between Fenchmans flat and the lake. I simply haven't had time to post them. Stoney is absolutely classic, and is better in some respects. However, Piru creek has been ignored and vastly underrated. I've been establishing in and around the creek for many years now, and I've seen a spectacular amount of great quality climbs. I've come to realize the significance Piru creek will hold in Southern California's climbing future. The area/areas have a beauty of their own. Enjoy!

Jennifer rau · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2012 · Points: 5

I’ve read about it never been very curious though. Stoney and Tunnel boulders are for sure more popular 

Joel Wainwright · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2018 · Points: 0

For sure I will try and stop off at Piru on a trip during cooler weather. It looks awesome! A small guide map would help. I believe it was Drtopo.com where i have been able to print out many small areas where just passing through I was able to find stuff to climb from a small map. Even parts of Yosemite. Great site!!! Be safe and climb on!!!

DanielHart · · Carpinteria ca · Joined Dec 2016 · Points: 5

Piru is definitely under celebrated. I’ve just finished surveying a good bit of the upper watershed above pyramid lake down to the city of piru. There are entire crags that are yet to be developed. Of course they are in very remote areas. The Agua Blanca trail has two amazing cliffs one that is sandstone looks to be 200’+ and another conglomerate with some travertine tufas that definitely holds some test pieces and some moderate routes. I will be doing some more work back there if anyone is interested and doesn’t mind a hike let me know. 

Kevin Mokracek · · Burbank · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 250

I’ll be speaking with the water district that controls flows from Pyramid to Piru on Monday.  They are looking at the feasibility of recreational flows from Pyramid to allow kayaking that section.   Lots of untapped potential down in that canyon but as was mentioned it’s very remote much like Sespe Creek. 

DanielHart · · Carpinteria ca · Joined Dec 2016 · Points: 5
Kevin Mokracek wrote: I’ll be speaking with the water district that controls flows from Pyramid to Piru on Monday.  They are looking at the feasibility of recreational flows from Pyramid to allow kayaking that section.   Lots of untapped potential down in that canyon but as was mentioned it’s very remote much like Sespe Creek. 

I spoke with Evan from United water last week. It’s looking like a 12 hour big release is slated for mid November. I’ll post the date once it’s set. 

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