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Wall of Buttresses 

Rotten Rock Valley Rock Climbing 


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Submitted By: C Miller on Dec 8, 2008
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Description 

Rotten Rock Valley, notwithstanding the name, is actually a great location with many, many fun routes on typically high-quality rock with sweeping views from atop many of the numerous pinnacles in the area. Crack and face climbs are in abundance and lots of bouldering exists as well.

That said, please bear in mind the area is guarded by a long and tricky approach and all for a bunch of single pitch routes, so keep this in mind if thinking of visiting. If the approach sounds long and complex you are correct and as noted should not attempt this without first going with someone who knows the way.

Getting There 

The recommended approach is via the summit trail passing The Bong (aka 2001) along it's south edge and and head west skirting rock and brush then head south through rocks passing The Tub as you drop down into the eastern edge of Rotten Rock Valley passing Champagne Rock which is the first formation encountered in Rotten Rock Valley proper.

The approach is about two miles and mostly uphill, with rugged rolling terrain once you leave the main trail, and takes 1-2 hours depending on your fitness and whether or not you get lost; the approach is like a longer, more involved version of the hike to the base of Tahquitz Rock. It is highly recommmended to go with someone who knows the way the first time or two or risk getting lost!

Climbing Season

For the Lake Arrowhead Area area.

Weather station 5.1 miles from here

17 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',2],['5.8',0],['5.9',5],['5.10',7],['5.11',2],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Rotten Rock Valley

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Rotten Rock Valley:
Hidden Treasures   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Wall of Buttresses : Lower Buttresses
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Featured Route For Rotten Rock Valley

Cut the Crap, get Real Sweetheart 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  California : San Bernardino Mountains : ... : Lower Buttresses
Climb the right side of the Rattlesnake Buttress face past 3 bolts and join Sun Your Buns at the cap stone crux. This route is a lot of fun and much easier than Sun Your Buns to the left, but gets the same rating (5.9) due to the shared finishing move up onto the capstone. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By Dave Daly
From: Kernville, CA
Dec 14, 2012
Add to comments.....killer climbs put up by Rim Of The World Climbing Club "boys and girls", including a handful by Chris Miller and crew. Bandit Arete comes to mind...

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