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Cougar Crag Rock Climbing 


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Location: 33.34175, -117.13834 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Marc Kajut, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Eric Van Williams on Dec 14, 2012  with updates from Lou Cerutti and 1 more
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BETA PHOTO: the Cougar Crag. A small amount of info on this cr...

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  • Description 

    This crag is mostly sun, with some evening shade. In the past there were only a few TR anchors but more and more sport climbs are being put up.

    Getting There 

    To get there its one mile east of the 15 on the 76. The Approach is not bad.

    Climbing Season



    Weather station 7.3 miles from here

    33 Total Climbing Routes

    ['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',16],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
    ['<=5.6',4],['5.7',8],['5.8',5],['5.9',1],['5.10',10],['5.11',4],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',2],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

    Classic Climbing Routes in Cougar Crag

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Cougar Crag:
    Blazing Saddles    V2-3 5+     Boulder, 10'   Cougar Crag East
    The Original Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Cougar Crag West
    The Dirty Dihedral   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 85'   Cougar Crag West
    Insecurity Never Wins   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 55'   Cougar Crag East
    Stranger Danger   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Cougar Crag East
    Sunday Funday   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Cougar Crag East
    Night Stalker   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 50'   Cougar Crag East
    Cougar face arete    5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Cougar Crag East
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    Featured Route For Cougar Crag
    Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up Ernie's Arête!

    Ernie's Arete 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13  California : San Diego County : ... : Cougar Crag West
    Steep face to splitter dihedral to radical overhanging arête. The crux is extremely ran out....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

    Comments on Cougar Crag Add Comment
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    By Adam Stackhouse
    Administrator
    Dec 14, 2012
    Jim Thoen knows alot about this place.
    By Eric Van Williams
    From: Oside,CA
    May 22, 2013
    Keep a watch out for Rattlesnakes!!!
    By Adam T.
    From: San Diego, CA
    Dec 23, 2013
    Bring a big brush if it has rained any time recently. Any climbs up against the hillside get covered in sand.
    By Arlene Ruda
    Sep 23, 2016
    Parking - just past Quarry (and above crag) in roadside turnout on north side of the 76 (aprox one mile east of 15)

    Approach - visible trail starts in-between two road signs (warning of tight curve). There are several trail variations as you get higher, but it is easy to see where you want to go. The approach is easier than it looks. Some trails will take you to the top of the main crag, others to the base.

    When to climb - The crag is south facing, so late afternoon or evenings year round. On a cooler winter day it is probably comfortable all day.

    Rock quality is good and there might be potential for development, definitely an underrated area.
    By George Bracksieck
    Dec 27, 2016
    The Google map on this page locates Cougar Crag East. The beta pic at the top of this page shows only Cougar Crag East. Cougar Crag West lies west of the quarry.

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