Type: Trad, 50 ft
FA: Dave Ohlsen, Jon Lonne and Martin McBirney, April 1975
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Shared By: C Miller on Jul 14, 2002
Admins: C Miller, Greg Opland, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Super Roof is the obvious roof crack 15' left of a prominent off-width roof crack (Comfortably Numb, 5.11). Scramble onto a ledge to begin, and climb the imposing roof which is easier than it looks. Take care not to get your rope stuck as it happens more often than you might think. Descend down easy ledges off to the climber's right.

Although short this climb is lots of fun, has great exposure and good rock. The approach is minimal too, but enough to keep the masses away. This is a nice spot to get away and do some quality lines.


Approach Steve Canyon from either Hidden Valley Campground or the Quail Springs Road via climber's trail's leading to the mouth of the canyon.

Looking north into the back of Steve Canyon one will see a very prominent roof on the left near some pine trees - this is Super Roof. Continue up the canyon by means of a trail and scrambling to reach the base.


Gear to 3.5"
Yes, I did what I guess many have done. After pulling the roof I irretrieveably fixed the rope in a cam below the lip. Repeated pleas for slack never seem to unstick a rope jammed into #3 Camalot teeth. Unwilling to reverse the roof and uncertain about the state of my repositioned cam, I untied and soloed to the top, walked off and tapped my buddy on the shoulder (reclining out of view from above, where he still had me on 'belay'). Jul 16, 2002
tom donnelly
san diego
tom donnelly   san diego
To keep the rope out of the crack, I seem to recall you could stick a balled up old tshirt in the crack. Aug 15, 2002
Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
Tony B   Around Boulder, CO
Fun route with nice sustained movement. Jan 6, 2003
I found the key to reducing rope drag on this route is to sling my gear and keep the rope slacked out a bit more. Good fun route with solid protection. I agree, it's short. Aug 20, 2003
Bishop, CA
outdooreric   Bishop, CA
Fun, but a bit short for more than two stars. By using runners below and a 3-inch piece just above the roof, I had no problem with the rope getting stuck. The 3.5 camalot mentioned above is gone. Mar 25, 2007
If you like large amounts of bird shit, short routes and more trouble than it is worth................BOOM this is the route for you. I mean, if you live near by and visit the park a lot, do it. If you are coming from out of town, do not waste your time. Oct 22, 2014
San Diego, CA
alleyehave   San Diego, CA
I thought this climb was pretty good. Short but somewhat thoughtful moves out to the lip and sinker jams above made it memorable. Rope running through the crack could definitely be troublesome as mentioned before, extend and you should be okay... Feb 6, 2015
San Diego, Ca
jeffblankman   San Diego, Ca
I thought this was great. Had to collect myself for a minute before committing to the corner. Some great fist jams and all the great feet make it go pretty easy, tho. Kept hands in the crack all the way, too. My follower had something hissing at him up in the roof crack. I'm glad I didn't hear it, or I think I may have called it a day!

The "getting there" description leaves a little to be desired: we wandered for some time, and were close on a few occasions without seeing it. Steve Canyon is fairly shallow, with a boulder ramp with. Big, dead tree at the notch. Find Super Route there. Apr 26, 2015
San Diego, CA
steverett   San Diego, CA
Fantastic moves under and around the roof. At the top I built my anchor in the crack, but sat to the side and belayed from my harness, to keep the rope from wedging in the crack. If you belay off the anchor, the rope could get pretty wedged if your second falls. Nov 11, 2018
master gumby  
went back to this thing today and followed a friend up and forgot how fun this climb was. Dont be intimidated by the wide roof - its all there! Dec 10, 2018