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Castle Rock Area

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Castle Rock Area Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 7,400'
Location: 34.2306, -116.95898 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 Aug 1, 2010
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Last light on a solitary pine, Castle Rock

Description 

This covers the area immediately surrounding Castle Rock and includes Castle Rock, Castle Rock Slab, Cracked Tower and more. Lots of undocumented bouldering exists in the area as well.

Getting There 

Approach as for Castle Rock via a signed trail from Hwy 18. The hike is about a mile and mostly uphill so plan on 15-30 minutes for the hike.

Climbing Season



Weather station 0.4 miles from here

34 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',20],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',4],['5.7',4],['5.8',3],['5.9',5],['5.10',13],['5.11',2],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',2],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Castle Rock Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Castle Rock Area:
Pantshitter Splitter   V-easy 3 X     Boulder, 15'   Castle Rock Boulders
The Sphynx   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Castle Rock : Castle Rock - Southwest Fac...
Chainmail   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Castle Rock : Castle Rock - Southeast Fac...
Black Tower Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Castle Rock : Castle Rock - East Face
The Turret   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 90'   Castle Rock : Castle Rock - Southwest Fac...
Crossbow   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Castle Rock : Castle Rock - Southeast Fac...
The Great Steps of Cheops   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 90'   Castle Rock : Castle Rock - Southwest Fac...
The Drawbridge   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Castle Rock : Castle Rock - Southeast Fac...
Ball and Chain   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Castle Rock : Castle Rock - Southwest Fac...
Knightline   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Castle Rock : Castle Rock - Southeast Fac...
Cryptology   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Castle Rock : Castle Rock - Southwest Fac...
Headwall Center   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Castle Rock : Castle Rock - Black Tower B...
Castle Crack   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Castle Rock : Castle Rock - South Face
Grappling Hooks   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Castle Rock : Castle Rock - South Face
The Roofs   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Castle Rock : Castle Rock - South Face
Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in Castle Rock Area

Featured Route For Castle Rock Area
Rock Climbing Photo: Steve nearing the first crux, pulling the roof. Lo...

Knightline 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b  CA : San Bernardino Mountains : ... : Castle Rock - Southeast Fac...
The first bolt is about 40 feet up but you can place gear on easy 5.8+ cracks to the first bolt if you don't feel comfortable running it out. The crux is found when you have to pull the roof although you have very good hands and a bolt right at your waist. The final crux is moving to the last bolt kind of a tricky slab move on thin hands. This one is rope stretcher a 60 m rope was not long enough to lower all the way to the ground. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Castle Rock Area Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The Turret (5.8) at Castle Rock, with Big Bear Lak...
The Turret (5.8) at Castle Rock, with Big Bear Lak...
Rock Climbing Photo: Rock detail, Castle Rock
Rock detail, Castle Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Upper Castle Rock trail, Big Bear South
Upper Castle Rock trail, Big Bear South
Rock Climbing Photo: Upper Castle Rock trailhead, Big Bear South
Upper Castle Rock trailhead, Big Bear South
Rock Climbing Photo: A few hours later people had started to get the me...
BETA PHOTO: A few hours later people had started to get the me...
Rock Climbing Photo: Example of shoddy parking at Castle Rock - one sho...
BETA PHOTO: Example of shoddy parking at Castle Rock - one sho...
Rock Climbing Photo: Nice clouds above the lake, Big Bear
Nice clouds above the lake, Big Bear
Rock Climbing Photo: Crossbow anchors view
Crossbow anchors view
Rock Climbing Photo: Scenery to the north of Castle Rock Slab, Big Bear
Scenery to the north of Castle Rock Slab, Big Bear
Rock Climbing Photo: Big Bear Lake from the top of Castle Rock, Big Bea...
Big Bear Lake from the top of Castle Rock, Big Bea...

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