Lost Orbit Rock Rock Climbing
about 1/2 way up Lost Orbit
Located midway between the lower parking area and the Central Pinnacles (i.e Coyote Crag
, Claim Jumper Wall
and others), this is a good area to escape the frequent crowds of the more popular areas of the Pinnacles.
The west side has a collection of moderate cracks and slab routes, but it's the east face with it's varied, more difficult and higher quality climbs that truly shines and makes this an ideal destination for those warmer days of summer. With almost twenty quality lines to choose from on the east side alone there's plenty to choose from and enough space to accomodate several parties at once.
If coming from the north and the vicinty of Coyote Crag hike west past Camp Rock and pick up a well-worn trail that leads south through the woods. When the trail splits head left and continue southeast a short distance until the northwest corner of the formation comes into view. Allow 5-10 for the approach.
From the southern parking area head north along the west face of Parkinglot Rock and then jog slightly northeast along a faint trail which leads to the southern end of the formation near the route Sloping Beauty
. Allow 5 minutes for the approach.
Climbing Season For the Holcomb Valley Pinnacles area.
Weather station 4.3 miles from here
32 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',18],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Lost Orbit Rock
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Featured Route For Lost Orbit Rock
Road Crew 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a California
: San Bernardino Mountains
: ... : Lost Orbit Rock - East Face
Start 8' left of Lost Orbit at the base of an attractive orange-colored face. Preclip the first bolt and then bust a crimpy crux right off the deck to gain a good edge at the second bolt. After clipping the 2nd bolt start heading up and left on steep but positive incut plates to the fifth bolt where the plates suddenly run-out for your hands. The next bit is balancy and delicate as you get stood up on the highest plate while palming the features and then make a final highstep/mantle to a slop...[more] Browse More Classics in California
By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
Feb 25, 2011
Working for NASA- JPL the term "Lost Orbit" always makes me cringe...
By Alex Fletcher
From: San Clemente, CA
Jul 23, 2016
After a few trips to the Central Pinnacles, I decided to take a look at Lost Orbit Rock again and I'm so glad I did. You walk past it every time from the Southern parking area and it has tons of easy trad on the West face for a full morning of climbing then great moderate sport routes on the East face for the afternoon. If the East face is really what you want and you can't wait until the afternoon for the sun to cast it in shade then you're in luck because several large trees cast shade over the popular areas most of the morning anyway.