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Deep Creek Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,000'
Location: 34.275, -117.13186 View Map  Incorrect?
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Waterfall flowing next to the narrows


The area near the headwaters of Deep Creek where the stream passes through the town of Running Springs on it's way to join the West Fork of the Mojave River in the high desert is a beautiful mountain environment, somewhat spoiled by the sort of easy access that leaves areas like this in Southern California littered with trash and occasional graffiti.

There are two developed climbing areas, Deep Creek Narrows, and Aztec Pond. Both areas are strictly trad, Deep Creek Narrows is part of the Deep Creek Preserve, and no bolting is allowed in either area.

The rock is fine-grained granite, and good weather for climbing can be found from spring to winter.

Not sure if there's an in-print guide book for the area, but if you can get your hands on a copy of Brad Singer's "Hidden Treasures: Rock Climbing in the San Bernardino Mountains" (not the one that's currently in print), there's excellent information to be found there about this area.

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15 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

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Rock Climbing Photo: Buttecrack from the belay ledge

Ledgenedge 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b  California : San Bernardino Mountains : ... : North Face
This north facing route can be well protected on lead or can be TR'ed if desired, just be careful of the obvious edge in the located in the middle off to the right while belaying on TR. Fun stem moves and good crack and jug holds up this dihedral. The choss isn't too bad. Possible to rap to a nice big flat belay ledge (about 20 feet off the creek floor) or down climb from the top down the class 5 gully, which heads NE up the creek. In the shade mostly... except perhaps early morning....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: Thad climbing Crack Two at Deep Creek Narrows
Thad climbing Crack Two at Deep Creek Narrows

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