8000 Foot Crag Rock Climbing
Cool-looking cloud (Altocumulus Lenticularis), 800...
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.
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.
Weather station 9.8 miles from here
14 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in 8000 Foot Crag
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for 8000 Foot Crag:
Featured Route For 8000 Foot Crag
El Rayo 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b CA
: San Bernardino Mountains
: ... : Left Side
Perhaps the best route on the face, this climbs clean cracks in the upper face right of Out of Sight.Start up either Community Service or Keep Hope Alive as an approach pitch, clip the anchors and then climb either side of the diamond-shaped block (5.10) to finish up face past a bolt. Mistakenly rated 5.11a in previous guides, this is nowhere near that difficult and is a highly recommended route of the area. ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
Setting up for the crux on El Rayo (5.10b), 8000 F...
Dave starting up Blurry (5.8), 8000 Foot Crag
Taylor near the top of Out of Sight (5.10b), 8000 ...
Out of Sight (5.10b), 8000 Foot Crag
If you drive past this sign, you've gone to far!
Colorful lichen is abundant in the area, 8000 Foot...
Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja cinerea), 8000 Foot ...
Main face, 8000 Foot Crag
By Tristan B
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