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Tehachapi Area Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,000'
Location: 35.06748, -118.48531 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: sevs on Feb 6, 2010
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There actually is some decent climbing in Tehachapi, CA. Up in Mountain Park. There is 2 or 3 routes bolted for top rope. It's probably about 60 ft to 80 ft routes. It is shady since the trees of the forest cover the rock face so this is best for summer climbing when the dessert is too hot. Watch out for teenagers coming to drink and throw empty bottles down below. There is a lot of broken glass and trash around the base. The rock is covered in moss towards the top and will probably be at its worst in the Spring after the snow run off.

Getting There 

Tehachapi is off the 58 freeway between Mojave and Bakersfield California. To get to the rock take Water Canyon road off of Highline on the south side of Tehachapi and drive until the road ends at the last campground. There will be a closed gate off to the right, park just outside of it in the dirt on on the side of the rode. Then walk west around the gate and follow the road through the church camp. Right past the camp on your right side you will come around to the rock. The rocks you see are the top of the climb. Usually we set a rope and rappel down to the bottom and set up our gear for the day. It has super easy access to the top for setting up and a nice trail down to the bottom, its around to the left side. Total hike is around 1 mile.

Beware of people throwing bottles and rocks down from the top.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.7 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

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East Pillar Center 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  California : High Desert : ... : Tehachapi Mountain Park
Start on top of the block above and to the left of East Pillar Right. Pull straight up the steep wall heading directly for the anchor. There are many good holds but they are hard to find and it can be "pumpy" trying to figure out which holds to use....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: the base area on the left side of the crag.
the base area on the left side of the crag.
Rock Climbing Photo: Tehachapi top rope left bolts route is behind the ...
BETA PHOTO: Tehachapi top rope left bolts route is behind the ...

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By sevs
From: Lancaster, CA
Feb 8, 2010
Here is a link from the Kern County Parks and Recreation that details some of the camping guidelines.
Kern Parks and Rec
By Jay Eggleston
From: Denver
Jun 11, 2011
The rock is not the greatest but it provides a nice little workout if you happen to be in the area. The approach takes about 10 minutes and is easy walking along a paved road.
By Mark Roth
From: Boulder
Jun 15, 2011
Be careful of the lower angle routes. The jugs on these seem to collect broken glass. After cutting my finger on the first hold I touched, we decided to do the steeper routes on the left...

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