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Frustration Creek Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,800'
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This area is located in a slot canyon. With a water fall that flows almost all year long (depending on the amount of snow fall). It is very beautiful area although it is right next to HWY 38 so it can be noisy on weekends from all the motorists driving by. If you don't know it is there you can drive by and not even notice it. During the summer this is the place to come because in the afternoon the sun drops around the corner and the majority of the routes are in the shade, plus you get a nice breeze coming down the canyon cooled by the waterfall. Make sure you bring bug spray as this are can get a lot of gnats and mosquitos.
To my knowledge there was a very small guide book released, basically you xeroxed it and gave it to your buddies so the route names and FA's may be a little spotty.

The lower level of the area has many intermediate level routes (5.9 - 5.11). the Middle level has quite a few fun 2-3 pitch routes and even a few projects that look phenomenal. The upper area of Frustration creek has quite a few 5.13's down to a few 5.10's. A few years back during a heavy rain the waterfall turned into a raging torrent of mud that burried the first 10-15 feet of the climbs in the upper area. It also ripped off a few bolts of a 5.9 on the East side of the wall that was fun beginners climb. Since then the routes have been re-bolted and cleaned up. Since the flood the area has lost popularity, but this is still a fun place to climb with enough routes to keep one busy for a day.

Getting There 

From Redlands: Take Lugonia Northeast till it turns into Hwy 38. Take HWY 38 for about 8-9 miles till you get to the Forest Falls turn off. (do not go to Forest Falls) Here HWY 38 will take a very sharp hair-pin turn to the left. Follow HWY 38 past the hair-pin turn for about 1/2 a mile the 3rd turn out on your left is where you will park and walk about 100 feet down HWY 38 (if you are walking up you are going the wrong way) the canyon is on your left with a climbers trail to the bottom. {total approach time <1 minute}

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.8 miles from here

62 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',32],['2 Stars',23],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Frustration Creek

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Frustration Creek:
The Fourth Wise Man   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Lower Tier
Hippie Girls   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch   Upper Tier
The Dead Terrorist   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 150'   Lower Tier
Super Soul Slab   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 3 pitches, 210'   Lower Tier
Good Girls   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Upper Tier
Great White Bighorn   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Middle Tier
B.F.F.   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Middle Tier
90's Chick   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Middle Tier
Can't Remember   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Headwall
King Under the Mountain   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Lower Tier
Schizophrenic Slab   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Overhead Wall
L.O.L.   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Middle Tier
Bad Boys   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Upper Tier
Unnatural Act   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Lower Tier
Eco Challenge   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Lower Tier
The Expedition   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Lower Tier
Delusions   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Upper Tier
Groove Dynamics   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport   Upper Tier
Lightning Strike   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   The Headwall
Mohawk   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Upper Tier
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Rock Climbing Photo: Joel cruisin

Narcissist 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c  California : San Bernardino Mountains : ... : Upper Tier
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Photos of Frustration Creek Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Still a bit chossy. Friend got hit by rock yesterd...
BETA PHOTO: Still a bit chossy. Friend got hit by rock yesterd...
Rock Climbing Photo: Matt on his "The Dead Terrorist"
Matt on his "The Dead Terrorist"
Rock Climbing Photo: Ahh yes definitely not my finest hour.... but hey ...
Ahh yes definitely not my finest hour.... but hey ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Frustration Creek June '10
Frustration Creek June '10
Rock Climbing Photo: When it's 100+ degree's in the IE it's nice and co...
When it's 100+ degree's in the IE it's nice and co...
Rock Climbing Photo: Overvew photo, Frustration Creek  A. Lower Tier B....
BETA PHOTO: Overvew photo, Frustration Creek A. Lower Tier B....
Rock Climbing Photo: Three Kings (5.10a), Frustration Creek
Three Kings (5.10a), Frustration Creek
Rock Climbing Photo: Three Kings (5.10a), Frustration Creek
Three Kings (5.10a), Frustration Creek
Rock Climbing Photo: Mike lowering of the sidewalk ledge
Mike lowering of the sidewalk ledge
Rock Climbing Photo: Here is a view of the canyon from the lower level ...
BETA PHOTO: Here is a view of the canyon from the lower level ...
Rock Climbing Photo: I thought this one provided prospective on the ver...
I thought this one provided prospective on the ver...
Rock Climbing Photo: see me up there
see me up there
Rock Climbing Photo: Local climbers say the flood happened sometime Sat...
Local climbers say the flood happened sometime Sat...
Rock Climbing Photo: Those steel pylons used to be 7 feet tall!
Those steel pylons used to be 7 feet tall!
Rock Climbing Photo: A beautiful sunset after the last snow of the seas...
A beautiful sunset after the last snow of the seas...
Rock Climbing Photo: The waterfall, normally it is flowing bigger then ...
BETA PHOTO: The waterfall, normally it is flowing bigger then ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Raging River
Raging River
Rock Climbing Photo: lower falls area as of 8/12/2012
lower falls area as of 8/12/2012
Rock Climbing Photo: View up the canyon from the lower tier
View up the canyon from the lower tier
Rock Climbing Photo: 8/12/2012

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By Aaron Lawrence
From: Redlands
Aug 14, 2012
flash flooded again. 5 ft. of sand and rock at bottom, drain is full of silt. the top level looks clean, but the routes have 1/2 inch of silt on them, besides that i didnt see any route damage.
By ...........................
Oct 16, 2012
new easy multipitch. heres the beta
By G Halsne
May 20, 2013
How is the Poison Ivy factor at the creek? Sounds like a perfect blend for the horrid plant to grow... Water and sun/shade combo. :(

- G
By SCherry
From: San Diego, CA
May 14, 2014
Anyone know where the closest camping is to Frustration? I'm assuming up the hill but any free bivys nearby?
By Isaac T.
From: Yokosuka, Japan
Jun 19, 2014
SCherry - I'd probably head up to Thomas Hunting Grounds
The dirt road (1N12) to access this area starts right next to the General Store in Angeles Oaks. Also Seven Oaks has a campground, also accessed by a dirt road (can't remember the roads "name" right now) just past the town of Angels Oaks at the big pull out. In Forest Falls you might be able to get away with bivying in your car at either Momeyer or Vivian Creek Trailheads as long as you were discreet...
By Jon lindquist
Nov 21, 2014
Recently the first tier/lower tier got 3 new single pitch climbs.

"King under the mountain"
5.10a. starts right of soul "scab" slab, and left of a climb with mostly sideways hangers (???), once on the slab vear left and start to head up the vertical wall with a beautiful lieback crack, to traversing a tooth rail, and finishing below smeagol's ledge on mussies.
15 bolts+mussies
FA jon Fait/Aaron Lawrence
(Five stars)" best five ten at Frusty, and a reason to stop at the first teir" says several locals.

P.S. If top roping use very last bolt before mussies, first and last bolt at tooth traverse, and first bolt at base of the vert wall as directionals, to avoid sharp "goblin cleaver" lips.
Im Still saving to make these four bolts permo draws, for less confusion.

"C.D.C. (Centers for dihedral control) "Aka" fire crotch"
starts left of swamp thing, look for giant dihedral.
Bouldery 5.11c start, but can easily A0 through first 4 bolts. With a 5.10/9+ crux leaving the noticable dihedral
13 bolts +chains.
FA jonfait/Sam the local
(3 1/2 stars) "no one likes a hard, bouldery, confusing 3 move start for really fun dihedral climbing"

"One inch pinch"
5.12a/11d starts on Eco challenge, at third bolt traverse right towards the overhanging roof, with permo draws, ***do not use the rediculously long permo draw Farthest right***. After permo draws Climb 5.10c slab to 5.11b moves to mussies.
14 bolts+mussies
FA jon Fait/no reported second
(2stars) " just making 2 relatively unclimbable climbs, into one that is climbable, with a really fun traverse. "

Jon Fait
By MattMyers
May 20, 2015
Dead Terrorist Update, Hey Everyone due to lots of loose rock pitches 3 and 4 have been completely removed and no more bolts so please dont try to climb it. the first two pitches up to the sniper ledge are still good to go. Hopefully by removing the climb there will be less risk of rockfall from climbers above. I dont want anyone getting hurt on my routes because i dont have to time to go back there to clean them up.
By Luke Cobrae
Jun 3, 2015
There are a couple of new routs on the right side of the lower tier between "Welcome to Frustration" and "Just the Tip" what are the grades/names? We saw them in progress a few weeks/months ago, climbed a few, lots of fun. Thanks for adding more routes.
By Michael DeNicola
Jan 31, 2016
I recently did the multi pitch on Super Soul Slab and was delighted to find the crumbly ledge above the 3rd pitch. I then did the second line to the left on the ledge and thought it was a blast. Trouble now is that I can't figure out what that climb or the ledge itself is called. I think it was on the sidewalk ledge but I'm not sure, the climb felt like something in the 10b/c range. I would really like to explore more of the climbs off of that ledge but I would really like to know what they are before pursuing them.

Also is there a faster access to that ledge than super soul slab? It's fun and all but the dirt and the length can get old.
By Eric Foss
Apr 1, 2016
@Michael DeNicola - If you were on sidewalk ledge the route you said was a blast would have been on the "headwall" The fastest way to the sidewalk ledge is by climbing Curbie (5.8)
By Eric Foss
Apr 1, 2016
Here's a little overview climbing video guide of Frustration Creek.

By SjaySoCalClimber
Sep 26, 2016
Found shoes - On September 24, 2016 we found a pair of shoes at the Lower Tier of Frustration Creek. Message me with brand, style, size, and condition and I will try and get them back to you.
By Alex Fletcher
From: San Clemente, CA
Sep 30, 2016
Public Service Announcement: On September 29th, 2016, my partner and I were taking a break between routes to eat in the Upper Tier at the corner where Good Girls starts. I was sitting down on a rock against the wall and heard a rumbling up high on the right side of the waterfall near where there are currently two fixed ropes hanging down. I looked up and saw sailing through mid air a large rock about the size of a melon among lots of other debris. Hoooolyyy S*** came out of my mouth rather than Rock! but the meaning was clear. My partner and I made ourselves as small as possible against the wall while all around us rained lethal sized and amounts of land slide for approximately the next 60 seconds. When the thundering noise came to an end finally we started to gather ourselves back together. Looking around there was freshly shattered granite all around including in particular at least one small fist sized rock that landed on our rope bag not more than three feet away. This rock and many others like it was decomposing and able to be crushed under the pressure of squeezing by hand meaning that it was probably much larger while free falling only shattering once it impacted the ground.

Fortunately neither of us was hurt and only one other person was in the valley down by the lower tier out of the way of anything coming down hard. This was a pretty solid reminder why we wear helmets and to always be cautious especially in areas known for their less than preferable quality of rock.

We believe the event was triggered by an animal, possibly a rather fat set of crows that we spotted moments before on the ground nearby.

Please always wear a helmet
By Matt Janse
From: Rancho Cucamonga
Nov 13, 2016
ALERT***Went to Frustration today 11/13/16. My wife and I were the first to show up followed by some local dudes, and one of their wives and a child, then a couple that looked about college age showed up. We were climbing middle tier right and the couple came up and climbed the same area. After a while We all rapped down and climbed some stuff on lower tier, then an hour later the couple said they were leaving as I was starting an ascent on Soul slab. Immediately they came back and said on my gosh our car is GONE and somebody's window is smashed out. Well long story short their car was stolen and one of the local dude's windows had been smashed out and stuff taken from the front seat. We felt fortunate that nothing happened to our car. Please be aware when climbing up there. Keep an eye out for anything suspicious. This happened right in that turnout on a Sunday with hundreds of vehicles passing by. What a shame.... : (

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