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Ramona Wall 

Poway Crags Rock Climbing 

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A nice little cragging area located on the flanks of Iron Mountain overlooking Ramona. There are two main areas. Poway Crags "Proper" is featured in the Kennedy guide and features short but steep climbs. The Ramona Wall is a separate area featuring longer but mostly more mellow climbing. Typical compact San Diego granite. Many bolted routes require a cam or two so bring a small rack up to 3".

The crag is mostly South and East facing so it will recieve morning sun and lots of it.

Be alert of fire damage to some bolts and rock. Wear a helmet, there is loose rock at the top of many climbs.

Getting There 

Park just South of Poway road on the 67. Take the very popular hikers' trail up toward Iron Mountain. At the trail fork (1.5 mi) hang a left toward the Ramona Overlook (additional 0.5 mi). Just past the trail junction with the overlook keep heading North toward the crag. It will be in view at this time.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.9 miles from here

39 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',14],['2 Stars',18],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Poway Crags

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Poway Crags:
Stellar Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 90'   Ramona Wall : Stellar Walls
Dragonfly   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   Ramona Wall : Woodson View Slabs
Dirty Bush   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 95'   Ramona Wall : Woodson View Slabs
Rattlesnake Airline   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 104'   Ramona Wall : Roshambo Ledge
Troglodyte Trot   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Poway Crags Proper : Godzilla Buttress
Double Dragon Arete   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 90'   Ramona Wall : Stellar Walls
Roshambo   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 130'   Ramona Wall : Roshambo Ledge
Vitamin P   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport   Poway Crags Proper : Sport Wall
Godzilla   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Poway Crags Proper : Godzilla Buttress
Don't Pet The Tiger   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Poway Crags Proper : Godzilla Buttress
Suspended Evolution   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   Poway Crags Proper : Sport Wall
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Featured Route For Poway Crags
Rock Climbing Photo: Mark W tunneling through P1 of Roshambo.

Roshambo 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  California : San Diego County : ... : Roshambo Ledge
2 fairly long pitches of crack climbing up the center of the Ramona wall. From fingers to chimney and everyting in between.P1(10a) Up the steep wide hands crack to a chimney with small gear in the back. After the chimney up and left to a comfy belay ledge at the base of the P2 dihedral. Alternatively, traverse left before squeezing into the chimney to gain a hand crack which leads directly up to the same belay.P2(9) Clean but slippery finger crack in a right facing dihedral. Near the top t...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: Poway Crag from the Ramona Overlook.
Poway Crag from the Ramona Overlook.
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Rock Climbing Photo: The entrance to Poway Crag on a spring day.
The entrance to Poway Crag on a spring day.

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By mschlocker
From: San Diego, CA
Oct 4, 2010
This area has been opened to climbing as of 9/2010. The Ramona Wall and Miller Time Walls have seasonal closure Dec 15 through August 31. It is very important to respect this. The Ramona Wall is a prefect fall climbing area and receives afternoon shade.

For topos of Poway Crags and the Ramona Wall please visit
Please note that there is a separate topo for each.
By Neal Harder
From: San Diego
Jul 4, 2017
As of July 2017 there is a sign where the climbers trail for Poway Crags Proper leaves the main trail stating that the entire area is closed to recreation yearly through July 1st.

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