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Sphinx Rock Area (aka The Cliff Hanger)

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Sphinx Rock Area (aka The Cliff Hanger) Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 5,000'
Location: 34.22706, -117.2536 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: Kristoffer on Feb 2, 2006
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Description 

This south-facing crag overlooks the city far below, and while it tends to be a bit windy, it's still very nice.
The granite is a bit chossy at the base of the cliff due to fire damage, but nothing too serious.

Getting There 

Drive Hwy 18 to the Cliffhanger restaurant and park several hundred feet down the road in a large pullout, and then walk along side the road until you see a faint climbers trail leading to the crag.

Climbing Season

For the Lake Arrowhead Area area.

Weather station 0.5 miles from here

25 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',1],['5.8',2],['5.9',3],['5.10',8],['5.11',5],['5.12',3],['5.13',1],['>=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 Sphinx Rock Area (aka The Cliff Hanger)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Sphinx Rock Area (aka The Cliff Hanger):
The Sharp-end Dagger   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Temple Rock : Royal Wall
Tricky Horus of the Twin Horizons   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Temple Rock : Royal Wall
Queen of Deception   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Temple Rock : Royal Wall
Crimp-Tick Combination   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Temple Rock : Inner Temple
She Gave Him Blue Bolts   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Sphinx Rock : Blue Bolts Wall
Sunshine Flurries   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   Temple Rock : Powermyd Wall
NeuroToxin   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Sphinx Rock : Arrowhead Lookout Wall
Rock like an Egyptian    5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Temple Rock : Powermyd Wall
All Hood in the Good   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Sphinx Rock : Arrowhead Lookout Wall
Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in Sphinx Rock Area (aka The Cliff Hanger)

Featured Route For Sphinx Rock Area (aka The Cliff Hanger)
Rock Climbing Photo: Topo for the Hood

All Hood in the Good 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  California : San Bernardino Mountains : ... : Arrowhead Lookout Wall
Easy face climbing leads to a low deceptive crux ( mantle the slab with slightly overhanging face devoid of *obvious holds. After that, have fun trying to clip the single perma draw hanging from the roof. Pull the roof and you are home free as long as you stay on route ( don't stray to the hemotoxin trough. Although these climbs start no where near each other, they do become very squeezed in upper sections....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

Photos of Sphinx Rock Area (aka The Cliff Hanger) Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Too much fun at Sphinx Rock
Too much fun at Sphinx Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: A hazy view of San Bernardino from atop Sphinx Roc...
A hazy view of San Bernardino from atop Sphinx Roc...
Rock Climbing Photo: Dylan Odenthal on Temple Rock.
Dylan Odenthal on Temple Rock.
Rock Climbing Photo: From the top of Temple Rock.
From the top of Temple Rock.
Rock Climbing Photo: Dylan Odenthal on top of Sphinx Rock.
Dylan Odenthal on top of Sphinx Rock.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Crew, chillen at the base of the blue bolts wa...
The Crew, chillen at the base of the blue bolts wa...
Rock Climbing Photo: High above SB
High above SB
Rock Climbing Photo: Enjoying the sunset from the Cliff Hanger
Enjoying the sunset from the Cliff Hanger
Rock Climbing Photo: Sphinx Rock (aka The Cliff Hanger), San Bernardino...
Sphinx Rock (aka The Cliff Hanger), San Bernardino...
Rock Climbing Photo: A view of the western face of Sphinx Rock from the...
A view of the western face of Sphinx Rock from the...
Rock Climbing Photo: Hiking/Climbing down to the heart of Sphinx Rock
Hiking/Climbing down to the heart of Sphinx Rock

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By B-Dubs
May 21, 2015
What is the approach time from the parking lot to the crag?
By Mikey Wally
From: Los Angeles, CA
Jun 1, 2015
approach time is 1 to 2 minutes
By Norman Li
Apr 20, 2016
What is the beta/ethics for the highline pictured above? More specifically, is it ok to rig? If so, is it bolted? Want to figure out if bringing my highline gear is worth it or not for a weekend home.
By Vicken Djiguerian
Apr 26, 2016
Yeah go for it Norman. It's bolted for Highline. 3 point anchor
By Ryan U.
Apr 17, 2017
Is Tricky Horus.... a 5.10- or 5.8 as listed?
By C Miller
Administrator
From: CA
Apr 22, 2017
Ryan, Tricky Horus is 5.8 not 5.10 and well worth doing.
By Jack C. Beckley
From: arcadia ca
May 30, 2017
Had a big group at sphinx rock over the weekend! And the soup saw 3 rattle snakes! Be careful out there, it is prime season for them!
By David Aldama
From: Running Springs, CA
Jun 17, 2017
I would suggest rappelling off most of the anchors at the Cliff Hanger as they are smaller links and less wear and tear would be good for everyone.

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