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Fisherman's Buttress Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 7,000'
Location: 34.2401, -116.9691 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: C Miller on Mar 15, 2007
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Description 

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 (5.11c), Rumblefish (5.11d), Check Your Fly (5.12a) and Trouser Trout (5.12a).

Getting There 

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',5],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',1],['5.8',1],['5.9',0],['5.10',8],['5.11',7],['5.12',3],['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]

Classic Climbing Routes in Fisherman's Buttress

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Fisherman's Buttress:
Trout Fishing in America   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Fisherman's Buttress - East...
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Featured Route For Fisherman's Buttress
Rock Climbing Photo: Rick leading Crappie Corner

Crappie Corner 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  California : San Bernardino Mountains : ... : Fisherman's Buttress - West...
A thin start, which may seem harder for shorter climbers, quickly gains better holds, and then transitions left around the arete. The remainder of the climb involves fun climbing on positive holds over a bulge (crux), which deposits you onto a slab, and then another short section of balancy face before you turn another lip onto a slab and the anchors....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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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.
By Nick Jens
Jun 11, 2017
This area is really nice with the scenery but the climbing isn't that great. Rock is decent. Short and inconsistent climbs. I think there are a couple pretty good ones though if you climb a really solid 12a.

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