Castle Rock Rock Climbing
Anthony Vanleeuwen enjoys stellar granite at Castl...
An amazing crag, with superb quality granite located on top of a rather steep hill with jaw dropping views of the mountains and Big Bear Lake. It is a rather secluded area although during the summer due to its high elevation and relatively shady setting the area can attract quite a few climbers. Due to its high elevation it can get a bit breezy and chilly in the late afternoon.
This area can be a little tricky to find as it is marked by a rather small trail sign and the parking area is down the road a bit from the trail. But it is off HWY 18 about 1 mile from the dam. If you are coming from Running springs at the dam you would turn right across the dam and drive for about 2 miles the trail is on your right. The parking area is about 200 feet further on HWY 18 on your Left. The trail is a surprisingly steep lung buster, the trail is in good condition though and as you get higher the views get even more amazing. Near the top the trail can get a little hard to find but just follow the footprints in a generally south east direction and you will see the crag. The trail is about a mile, and up until April or even May you can be walking through snow to get to Castle Rock, so dress accordingly.
Weather station 0.5 miles from here
28 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',17],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Castle Rock
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Castle Rock:
Featured Route For Castle Rock
Knightline 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b California
: 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 California
Nothing but blue skies and tall trees, Castle Rock
BETA PHOTO: Almost looking like a Castle, with the Black Tower...
Big Bear Lake from the top of Castle Rock, Big Bea...
Old and weathered trail sign, Castle Rock
The climber at the bottom gives perspective to the...
BETA PHOTO: There was a quite a bit snow up here as of March 1...
BETA PHOTO: Look out for this sign, hard to see when you are h...
Ahh yes the reward for the slog up the hill!
The view from the top looking towards Boulder Bay
The summit!! It is flat and big up there.
Looking North alongside Castle Rock with Big Bear ...
On the way towards Castle Rock looking North towar...
By Ian McG
Jun 17, 2013
Was out hiking today (6/17) and found some gear at some of the bolted anchors on one of the routes on the SW face. PM me with a description to get your gear back to ya.
By Nick Tunnicliffe
From: Costa Mesa
Aug 3, 2013
I was just out there a week ago or something. The last week of July. I found a draw on the black tower, or whatever it is called. It's by the southeast face. If you want it, let me know what it is.
Aug 28, 2013
On the main trail, when you get to the split-log benches, be sure to go right. This is the main trail, but can escape notice since it goes steep on the rock outcropping there.
By spencerstewart Stewart
From: Big Bear Lake, CA
Oct 28, 2014
Cleaning out Castle Rock's Crevices
Had a lot of fun slipping into the crevices and cleaning all the trash out. There was some old stuff in there, including a few camera lens covers, haha. Keep it clean!
By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
Oct 12, 2015
Good job! In spring of 2015 my kids and I remove 56 plastic water bottles from the same place - some of them still had water in them, bloody ridiculous! I wrote to city hall to ask them to post a sign at the trailhead, with no reply.