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Crystal Lake Wall Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 6,500'
Location: 34.32886, -117.84635 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: jt512, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: TacoDelRio on Jan 25, 2015
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Description 

I've received emails asking if this is a good place for new leaders. No, it is not.

This wall lies north of the lake at the head of a major drainage. The lower section of the crag offers some solid rock with many loose blocks. The route turns to loose easy scrambling the further up one climbs.

There are several lines that provide fun climbing, though the nature of the rock might wear down one's desire to climb here. All routes are PG13 or runout or whatever.

I don't feel this is a beginner's place, unless they are already mountaineers. Protection can be tricky leading to runout lines. Always check what you're applying weight to.

The standard rack the author uses for routes here is as follows:
60m rope
Double rack of cams from .4-2, single 3 and 4.
Tiny cams up through .4. These come in handy.
Single set of allow offset nuts
Single set of brass offsets for thin placements
10 or so single length runners
2-4 double length runners
Occasionally 1-4 beaks
Helmet!!!!!!!

Getting There 

Take a look at the map. You'll notice a talus ramp running down from the base of the wall into a creek, which crosses the road from the Crystal Lake parking lot (for the lake itself). Park just a short distance beyond this point on the right side.

Approach involves hiking directly up this talus field. This is as specific as I can be. I get slightly lost nearly each time I go. There's no one way to go.

Hiking out involves either climbing up and over the crag onto the crest of the South Ridge trail on Mt Islip and back down to the road, or rappelling and reversing the approach. If rappelling, be careful of all the loose rock.

Climbing Season

For the Angeles National Forest area.

Weather station 0.9 miles from here

16 Total Climbing Routes

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


Featured Route For Crystal Lake Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Steep face in center, left of dudes and dudettes.

Dirtguy 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b California : Los Angeles Basin : ... : Crystal Lake Wall
Cool difficult to protect face with small cracks and seams (5.10-11) for 20ft or so. Eases to easy 5th for next 80ft or so to Oak tree anchor up and left. Can also climb up and right to ledge with death flake and small tree-bush anchor.FA was done on TR, as no pro on crux first 20ft was seen on initial inspection, as well as following inspection via rappel. Gonna hafta be creative. Might need beaks....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: Topo 2, showing right side routes.
BETA PHOTO: Topo 2, showing right side routes.
Rock Climbing Photo: Topo showing most routes as of June 2015
BETA PHOTO: Topo showing most routes as of June 2015

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