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Lost Orbit Rock Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,400'
Location: 34.3051, -116.878 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: C Miller on Mar 30, 2006


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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.

Getting There 

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',7],['2 Stars',19],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Lost Orbit Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Lost Orbit Rock:
Bear Stroll   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 55'   Lost Orbit Rock - West Face
Bear's Choice   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 45'   Lost Orbit Rock - West Face
Call Me Ishmael   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Lost Orbit Rock - East Face
The Longest Yard   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Lost Orbit Rock - East Face
Lost Orbit   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Lost Orbit Rock - East Face
Slacker   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Lost Orbit Rock - East Face
Lunar Eclipse   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Lost Orbit Rock - East Face
Lost Highway   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Lost Orbit Rock - East Face
Nowhere To Go But Down   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Lost Orbit Rock - East Face
Road Crew   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Lost Orbit Rock - East Face
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Featured Route For Lost Orbit Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: about 1/2 way up Lost Orbit

Lost Orbit 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  California : San Bernardino Mountains : ... : Lost Orbit Rock - East Face
A bouldery start on incut plates (crux) leads over a bulge and onto a vertical face with abundant edges. Higher, fun climbing leads up the face to a high-step move on plates and a balancy lieback move up and right to the anchors. Super fun climbing with great protection make this a highly recommended route of the area. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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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.

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