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Big Bear Lake Area

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Big Bear Lake Area Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 7,000'
Location: 34.25359, -116.92422 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, M.Morley, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Adam Stackhouse, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: C Miller on Jul 30, 2014
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Christian Daly floats up the HVP classic, 'Bye Cra...

Description 

This details all of the various crags centered around Big Bear Lake, the largest town in the area. Due to the size and complexity of the area it has been broken into two separate areas - Big Bear North and Big Bear South.

Getting There 

Please see the individual area pages for more detailed approach information.

Big Bear Driving Directions

Climbing Season



Weather station 0.5 miles from here

575 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',135],['2 Stars',273],['1 Star',151],['Bomb',3]
['<=5.6',58],['5.7',54],['5.8',54],['5.9',65],['5.10',206],['5.11',62],['5.12',19],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',24],['V2-3',24],['V4-5',7],['V6-7',1],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Big Bear Lake Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Big Bear Lake Area:
Gold Standard   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Central Pinnacles : Gold Wall
Psychedelic Sluice   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Motherlode Rock : Motherlode Rock - East Face
Bye Crackie   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Central Pinnacles : Coyote Crag
Coyotes at Sunset   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Central Pinnacles : Coyote Crag
Shoot at Will   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Central Pinnacles : Tombstone Pit
Black Magic Poodle   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Central Pinnacles : Coyote Crag
Aurora Borealis   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Black Bluff - North Face : Black Bluff - N. Face (Righ...
Golden Poodle   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Central Pinnacles : Coyote Crag
Ricochet   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Central Pinnacles : Pistol Whipped Wall
Claim Jumper   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Central Pinnacles : Claim Jumper Wall
One Armed Bandit   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Central Pinnacles : Claim Jumper Wall
Vertical Epic   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Pinnacles North : Stone Wall
Powder Keg   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Motherlode Rock : Motherlode Rock - North Fac...
Pistol Pete   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Central Pinnacles : Doc Holliday Wall
Lost Orbit   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Lost Orbit Rock : Lost Orbit Rock - East Face
Doc's Holiday   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Central Pinnacles : Doc Holliday Wall
Coyotes in the Henhouse   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Central Pinnacles : Claim Jumper Wall
Arrogant Bastard   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Pinnacles North : Stone Wall
The Incinerator   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Central Pinnacles : Incinerator Wall
Road Crew   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Lost Orbit Rock : Lost Orbit Rock - East Face
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Featured Route For Big Bear Lake Area
Rock Climbing Photo: Chuck on Pistol Whipped (5.11a), Holcomb Valley Pi...

Pistol Whipped 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  CA : San Bernardino Mountains : ... : Pistol Whipped Wall
Climb a smooth, vertical face with edges (crux) to a sloping ledge and then tackle the slightly overhung and juggy headwall above finishing on a ledge with anchors....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Big Bear Lake Area Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Garrett goes to match on the roof jug
Garrett goes to match on the roof jug
Rock Climbing Photo: Bitchin' Camaro, Big Bear Lake
Bitchin' Camaro, Big Bear Lake
Rock Climbing Photo: Lluis on the Harlan Pepper crux.
Lluis on the Harlan Pepper crux.
Rock Climbing Photo: Obie and I enjoying a post-climb beer!
Obie and I enjoying a post-climb beer!
Rock Climbing Photo: Frosted trees after a Spring storm, Big Bear Lake ...
Frosted trees after a Spring storm, Big Bear Lake ...
Rock Climbing Photo: North shore view, Big Bear Lake
North shore view, Big Bear Lake
Rock Climbing Photo: Scenic Holcomb Valley, Big Bear North
Scenic Holcomb Valley, Big Bear North
Rock Climbing Photo: Hwy 18 road signs at Nelson Ridge, Big Bear North
Hwy 18 road signs at Nelson Ridge, Big Bear North
Rock Climbing Photo: Scenic Polique Canyon Road (2N09), Big Bear North
Scenic Polique Canyon Road (2N09), Big Bear North
Rock Climbing Photo: Get the Burger for all your burger needs, Big Bear...
Get the Burger for all your burger needs, Big Bear...
Rock Climbing Photo: See live music at The Cave, Big Bear Lake
See live music at The Cave, Big Bear Lake
Rock Climbing Photo: The town of Fawnskin, Big Bear Lake Area
The town of Fawnskin, Big Bear Lake Area
Rock Climbing Photo: Ahoy! the Pirate Ship, Big Bear Lake
Ahoy! the Pirate Ship, Big Bear Lake
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset from Big Bear Lake Village, Big Bear Lake
Sunset from Big Bear Lake Village, Big Bear Lake
Rock Climbing Photo: The town of Big Bear Lake, San Bernardino Mountain...
The town of Big Bear Lake, San Bernardino Mountain...
Rock Climbing Photo: Fall colors along 2N13, Big Bear North
Fall colors along 2N13, Big Bear North
Rock Climbing Photo: Boulder Cove in Big Bear Lake
Boulder Cove in Big Bear Lake

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By Adam Stackhouse
Administrator
Mar 19, 2007
Little spot for a refreshment before heading back to the valley is the Big Bear Mountain Brewery, 40260 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake (909.866.BEER)
By TomTomTom
Jul 24, 2010
Brewery? The food is overpriced and their brew overrated. If you're looking for good beer and reasonably priced food, head down to La Montana off of Moonridge for happy hour(4-7).

If you must go to the brewery though, check out their Red Ant Hill Ale or Grizzly Bear.
By spencerstewart
From: Big Bear Lake, CA
May 6, 2014
We're just started a little climbing store in Big Bear Valley (Fawnskin area) if y'all ever need anything. Just BD gear and some organic climbing salve for now. No price gouging and 5% of sales goes to clean up the ever more crowded crags like Holcomb!
bearclimbing.com
Rock Climbing Photo: Little new climbing store in Big Bear.
Little new climbing store in Big Bear.
By AlbertH
Nov 7, 2015
What's the climbing like at this time of year? Are the crags climbable? What if it snows a few days prior?
By C Miller
Administrator
Nov 9, 2015
Days are short, nights are below freezing and climbing in the sun is a must but the crowds are all gone now to Joshua Tree. Climbing is entirely possible after a snow provided you have 4WD to drive the roads otherwise forget about it.
By p.m
Jun 13, 2016
does anyone know where i can find a guide book on big bear climbing?