Fisherman's Buttress Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Fisherman's Buttress, with the road highlighted in...
Fisherman's Buttress (aka Roadside Rock) is located on the south side of Big Bear Lake and offers fantastic climbing with marvelous scenery and a minimal approach.
The climbing here tends to be short and technical with crimpy moves and thoughtful sequences. There are currently 30+ routes in the area with ratings ranging from 5.5 to 5.12, although the bulk of the better routes tend to be 5.11 and up making this a good alternative to the nearby Holcomb Valley Pinnacles
Classics here include Roadside Crack
(5.10a), Trout Fishing in America
(5.11b), Big Mouth Fever
(5.11c), Catch of the Day
(5.11d), Check Your Fly
(5.12a) and Trouser Trout
Easily reached by driving 0.6 miles from the dam at Big Bear Lake on the south shore of the lake. Limited parking is available at three nearby spots - 1) a short distance east of the crag in a dirt pullout on the right side (south) of the road which fits about three vehicles, 2) across the road from #1 with room for a car or two, and 3) to the west (towards the dam) on the lake side (left) of the paved road with room for about five or six vehicles.
From parking location #1 and #2 head upslope and follow a faint trail through boulders which quickly improves. Follow this to Three Fishes Rock and on to the east face of Fisherman's Buttress. From parking location #3 cross the road carefully, and then head uphill to join a trail which leads to the west face of Fisherman's Buttress.
Please don't walk along the road or head directly up the hillside - doing either will cause problems at this crag, so please take the extra time to find the trail and prevent any sort of access issues.
Climbing Season For the Fisherman's Buttress Area area.
Weather station 0.5 miles from here
21 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Fisherman's Buttress
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Fisherman's Buttress:
Featured Route For Fisherman's Buttress
Rapala 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b California
: San Bernardino Mountains
: ... : Fisherman's Buttress - West...
Start off a small block and cast off up the lumpy face above. The crux comes early on as you reel in a small overlap/roof, but you'll need to fish around a little up higher to find the easiest line. The rock on this route is a little on the rough side, but it does provide some excellent friction and makes those improbable moves a little more secure. Rapala is the name of a company that makes fishing lures. ...[more] Browse More Classics in California
Fisherman's Buttress View
Fisherman's Buttress from across the lake, Big Bea...
By Neil Roessler
Apr 23, 2012
This is such a great area. Quality rock, beautiful location and some super asthetic routes. Cannot wait to get back up there to work on a few of the routes on the North Face.
By J CAV
Jun 29, 2014
Literally right above the road. You can see the west face as your drive from the dam.