Central Pinnacles Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: An overview map with some climbs to get your beari...
This area covers all of the formations from the northern parking area south to Camp Rock
and includes Coyote Crag
, Claim Jumper Wall
, Pistol Whipped Wall
, Motherlode Rock
, Gunsmoke Wall
, Thunderbird Wall
and much more.
This area truly is the heart of the Pinnacles and offers the greatest concentration of routes with the least amount of hiking in the entire region. The abundance of well-protected, featured moderates in the area makes it especially popular during the height of the season, so be warned if seeking solitude.
Recommended routes in the area:
The northern parking area is located at the edge of the Central Pinnacles, making it an obvious choice to park and walk the 5-10 minutes required to reach any of the crags in the Central Pinnacles.
It's also possible to park at the southern parking area, near Parking Lot Rock
, and walk north for 10 minutes to reach the southern end of the area near Coyote Crag
Weather station 4.5 miles from here
166 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',40],['2 Stars',85],['1 Star',40],['Bomb',1]
Classic Climbing Routes in Central Pinnacles
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Central Pinnacles:
Featured Route For Central Pinnacles
Pistol Pete 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b California
: San Bernardino Mountains
: ... : Doc Holliday Wall
Climb the slab passing two bolts (use a long draw or runner on the 2nd bolt) to a sloping ledge below the main face. Clip the third bolt, work up and right via an undercling flake and then continue up the featured face/arete to a small stance at the 7th bolt. Above here the climb changes character (again) and finishes up the exposed slabby arete via delicate, balancy moves. ...[more] Browse More Classics in California
BETA PHOTO: Overview for some of the Central Pinnacles crags, ...
Baby rattler just off the trail near the Claim Jum...
Nearing the top of Powder Keg (5.10a), Holcomb Val...
Pistol Pete (5.10a), Holcomb Valley Pinnacles
Mt. San Gorgonio from the Central Pinnacles, Holco...
Saddle Rock, Holcomb Valley Pinnacles
Bye Crackie (5.7), Holcomb Valley Pinnacles
Frozen water pocket, Holcomb Valey Pinnacles
BETA PHOTO: Central Pinnacles from the west, Holcomb Valley Pi...
Weathered snag and clouds, Holcomb Valley Pinnacle...
Mt. San Gorgonio from the central pinnacles.
Climber on the Thunderbird Wall, in the beautiful ...
a beautiful day on the Lizard Head.
Old marker for the nearby Mammoth Mine, Holcomb Va...
A portion of the road into the Central Pinnacles, ...
Midway up Hidden Gold (5.7), Holcomb Valley Pinnac...
Relics from the past, Holcomb Valley Pinnacles
High above the trees on Pistol Pete (5.10a), Holco...
rope bags have other uses, you know...
By Climb To Safety
Sep 19, 2013
after much praise about the pinnacles from Chris D, i finally made it out here. Can't wait to go back, the rock is fantastic, only wish the climbs were longer.
By Chris D
From: the couch
Nov 7, 2013
You should climb then down-climb each route twice. Then they will seem long. Soon, an El Cap Day will be in the bag.
By Alex Fletcher
From: San Clemente, CA
Jul 5, 2016
Anyone looking for a view extending for miles in every direction nearly a hundred feet off the ground should definitely visit the top of the rock which is named Skyy Slab, Gold Wall, Coyote Crag, and Mad Cow Wall from the Northwest, Southwest, Southeast, and Northeast faces respectively. While I was there on July 4th weekend 2016, we met some high liners at the top that had lines extending from the top of here to Doc Holiday wall (Approximately 50' line) and another extending from here to Motherlode Rock on the south east corner (Approximately a 140' line). There are bolts in the rock for just such a thing. You can climb any number of routes on Coyote Crag and the longest on Gold wall to reach the top out or you can scramble as the high liners did from the far right side of Coyote Crag.