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Mormon Rocks Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 3,100'
Location: 34.3199, -117.4961 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 Jan 3, 2009
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Decent looking slab. Was only able to spot 2 bolts...


Visible from nearby Interstate 15 these large sandstone formations having been eyed by passing climbers for decades and despite the ease of access and proximity to a large population of climbers very little documented climbing has gone on here.

Numerous old bolts and the odd piton scattered about suggest climbing has gone on here since the 1950's but very little information is known about the early pioneers. These days few climbers frequent the area and popular activities here include scrambling, rappelling and off-roading.

The rock is a variable quality sandstone conglomerate not unlike that found at Devil's Punchbowl and Texas Canyon. Rock quality can vary from formation to formation and even on different sides of the same formation with the north-facing slabs tending to have the best quality rock.

***** RAIN AND WET ROCK ***** The sandstone at Mormon Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Holds rip off and climbs have been and will continue to be permanently damaged due to climbers not respecting this phenomenon. After a heavy storm the rock will remain wet, sometimes for several days. PLEASE DO NOT CLIMB AT MORMON ROCKS during or after rain. A good rule of thumb is that if the ground near your climb is at all damp (and not powdery dry sand), then do not climb. There are many alternatives (granite, limestone and plastic) nearby.

Getting There 

Drive Interstate 15, exit Hwy 138 (Abiel Barron Memorial Hwy) heading west at Cajon Junction. Cross under the railroad bridge and turn right just past the turnoff for Lone Pine Canyon Road. Those coming from the west on Hwy 138 will want to reverse the directions.

Climbing Season

For the San Bernardino Mountains area.

Weather station 6.0 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Mormon Rocks

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Mormon Rocks:
Sandstone Balls   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 170'   Mormon Slab
Big Love   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   Mormon Slab
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Featured Route For Mormon Rocks
Rock Climbing Photo: Big Love (5.9), Mormon Slab

Big Love 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  California : San Bernardino Mountains : ... : Mormon Slab
Climbs up and slightly right through a large concentration of pebbles and cobbles and then heads more or less straight up past a thinner section midway (crux) before larger holds lead up and left to anchors on a ledge.* Descend by rappelling or lowering to the stance for the 1st bolt on the route to the left (Sandstone Balls). 60 meter rope required and a 70 meter is even better....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

Photos of Mormon Rocks Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The view from the I-15, Mormon Rocks
The view from the I-15, Mormon Rocks
Rock Climbing Photo: Convenient parking, Mormon Rocks
Convenient parking, Mormon Rocks
Rock Climbing Photo: Sage brush in front of the Northern Formations.
Sage brush in front of the Northern Formations.
Rock Climbing Photo: Heart Rock, Mormon Rocks
Heart Rock, Mormon Rocks
Rock Climbing Photo: Northbound train, Mormon Rocks
Northbound train, Mormon Rocks
Rock Climbing Photo: Happy faces, Mormon Rocks
Happy faces, Mormon Rocks
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking to the north, Mormon Rocks
Looking to the north, Mormon Rocks

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