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8000 Foot Crag Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 8,100'
Location: 34.1737, -116.7177 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: C Miller on Mar 12, 2006
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Located at just over 8000' in elevation and with most climbs facing north or northwest, this crag is a good bet for warm weather climbing. After a good winter snow can linger at the base until late May or early June which can provide an air conditioner effect to the crag.

The rock is composed of granite, and while generally solid tends to be somewhat dirty owing to it's northern orientation - some routes may need a bit more scrubbing or simply more traffic.

There are currently about a dozen routes here making it a good choice for a stop on the way to/from Big Bear or in conjunction with some time at the nearby Onyx Summit Crag. The standout routes here are El Rayo (5.10b) which takes steep cracks up the cleanest section of rock on the wall, Out of Sight (5.10b) a slightly overhanging arete on the left margin of the crag and P.H.D. (5.10c) a varied route up a slightly overhanging face to a flared corner and roof.

Getting There 

Located on the east side of Highway 38 about 0.25 miles north of the 8000' elevation marker.

Limited parking is found across from the crag on the west side of Highway 38 at the entrance to Laurel Pines Camp (park in the dirt and don't block the road into the Camp). From the parking area carefully cross the Highway and then follow an obvious trail to the crag. The approach takes all of three minutes in flip-flops.

Climbing Season

Weather station 9.8 miles from here

14 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in 8000 Foot Crag

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for 8000 Foot Crag:
Out of Sight   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Left Side
El Rayo   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Left Side
Princess Vicious   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Left Side
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Featured Route For 8000 Foot Crag
Rock Climbing Photo: Starting up the steep arete on Out of Sight (5.10b...

Out of Sight 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  California : San Bernardino Mountains : ... : Left Side
One of the better routes here, this climbs an easy slab to a ledge midway before tackling the prominent steep arete near the left margin of the crag. Despite appearances the upper section goes at an easier grade than one might imagine and is quite enjoyable with good movement on solid rock. This route originally started from the midway ledge via a traverse in from the left on loose holds, but more recently a 4 bolt direct variation was added making this a much more enjoyable venture....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

Photos of 8000 Foot Crag Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Setting up for the crux on El Rayo (5.10b), 8000 F...
Setting up for the crux on El Rayo (5.10b), 8000 F...
Rock Climbing Photo: Dave starting up Blurry (5.8), 8000 Foot Crag
Dave starting up Blurry (5.8), 8000 Foot Crag
Rock Climbing Photo: Taylor near the top of Out of Sight (5.10b), 8000 ...
Taylor near the top of Out of Sight (5.10b), 8000 ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Out of Sight (5.10b), 8000 Foot Crag
Out of Sight (5.10b), 8000 Foot Crag
Rock Climbing Photo: 8000 Foot Crag.
8000 Foot Crag.
Rock Climbing Photo: If you drive past this sign, you've gone to far!
If you drive past this sign, you've gone to far!
Rock Climbing Photo: Colorful lichen is abundant in the area, 8000 Foot...
Colorful lichen is abundant in the area, 8000 Foot...
Rock Climbing Photo: Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja cinerea), 8000 Foot ...
Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja cinerea), 8000 Foot ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Main face, 8000 Foot Crag
Main face, 8000 Foot Crag

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By Tristan Burnham
From: La Crescenta, CA
Jul 18, 2011
Whats up with all the random bolts here? Theres one like 3 feet off the ground on the right side wall. Then there is one on 2 foot high rock on the left side wall. And if you scrabmble around to the top of the right side wall, there are 2 in the wierdest spots.
By Chris Norwood
From: San Diego, CA
Jul 1, 2012
Anyone know what's up with that squeeze to the right of "Talk to Me" 11a? Some of those bolts are literally 3 feet away from the bolt line on Talk to Me . . .
By Jeff constine
Jul 1, 2013
Because only crazy people drive that far to climb 60 foot routes..
By Jay W
Feb 25, 2014
Anyone know why there's a private property sign now drilled into the rock here? Should we not climb here now? I live 5 minutes from here so it would be disappointing to not be able to climb here anymore...
By John Metzger
Apr 25, 2015
I found a pair of climbing shoes last Saturday (April 18th) on the rock. text me to claim them. 909-260-7160
By Ashton Gosnell
Sep 17, 2017
Property owner at Laurel Pines asked that climbers not park across from the crag as it is blocking drivers line of sight leaving campground. He will be towing in the future and asked that climbers park at the turnout down the road instead.

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