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Circle Crag Rock Climbing 

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Location: 34.0962, -116.1578 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Brian Reynolds on Jun 23, 2002
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BETA PHOTO: Circle Crag as seen from the top of Campfire Crag.


This small formation sits in the Indian Cove amphitheatre (between the group and family camp areas). There are a handful of short, fun routes in the 5.6 to 5.8 range.

This is one of the most popular areas for beginner groups, and on any given weekend you will find about a mile of webbing wrapped around the tops of the rocks, and a half dozen or so TRs set across the small bowl. There's nothing too staggeringly fun here, but a few routes that are worth doing on a leisurely day sometime.

Be warned, though, this south-facing bowl pretty much channels the sun. It can be HOT!!

Getting There 

Circle crag is the small, short bowl at the north side of the Indian Cove amphiteatre, closest to the benches. Drive into the family camp area and turn right -- stay to the right and there will be a small parking area (often full of Boy Scout vans and the like).

Alternate approach: park at Billboard Buttress and head west.

Climbing Season

For the Indian Cove Campground area.

Weather station 6.3 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

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Rock Climbing Photo: "AA". Photo by Blitzo.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Circle Crag. Photo by Blitzo.
Circle Crag. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Haberdashery 5.8
BETA PHOTO: The Haberdashery 5.8
Rock Climbing Photo: Circle Crag.  Photo by Blitzo.
BETA PHOTO: Circle Crag. Photo by Blitzo.

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By The Gray Tradster
Nov 3, 2003
I'd characterize all of them with the exception of, The Haberdashery, (ok lead) as TR's or hi ball boulder problems. All of the cruxes are just high enough to be ankle breakers with no decent pro anyway and the climbing eases off rapidly after that.