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The Coven Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,500'
Location: 34.2744, -116.9875 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: C Miller on Mar 12, 2006


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Hidden in the hills northwest of Fawnskin, and sitting on a forested ridge, is The Coven, a small collection of granite formations with sweeping vistas of Big Bear Lake, The San Gabriel Mountains and the surrounding forest.

There are about 50+ routes established here, and most are on clean, high-quality rock similar to that found at the nearby Holcomb Valley Pinnacles. The routes here tend to be on the shorter side but are highly enjoyable.

No camping is available at the crag but lots of possibilites exist up and down the road just a short distance in either direction. Please check with the Forest Service before heading out to see what fire restrictions are in effect.

Getting There 

From the town of Fawnskin drive north on Rim Of The World Drive (3N14) for 1.3 miles and then make a left onto Forest Road 2N13; note that the pavement ends approximately 0.5 miles from town and turns into a graded but somewhat washboarded dirt road.

Continue west on 2N13 for roughly 2.0 miles until meeting the juncture of 2N13c, which leads to the Butler Peak Fire Lookout, and then continue another short distance (0.15 miles or so) to an intersection with 2N68 and make a right (heading slightly uphill). Continue along 2N68 for 0.2 miles to reach a parking area located at a hairpin turn in the road; the parking area has room for about 5-6 vehicles max.

The trail to The Coven leads north from the apex of the hairpin turn in the road and crests a small rise before the crag comes into view. From the viewpoint the trail heads downhill, crosses a seasonal stream and then switchbacks back uphill to it The Coven at the base of the Dragonlance Wall. Plan on about 10 minutes for the approach from the parking area.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.0 miles from here

44 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',25],['1 Star',12],['Bomb',1]

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Rock Climbing Photo: Pete takes the first lead.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Overview of The Coven, Big Bear North
BETA PHOTO: Overview of The Coven, Big Bear North
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Rock Climbing Photo: Another view of Michelle leading Bat Wings and Blo...
Another view of Michelle leading Bat Wings and Blo...

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By Ken Noyce
From: Layton, UT
Jul 2, 2012
I tried to head to the coven a week ago (23 June 2012) and the roads to get there (2N13 and 2N68) had closed, locked gates blocking them. The gate blocking 2N68 had a sign that said closed for winter conditions. Just curious if anyone knows when they are supposed to open these gates.
By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
Jun 25, 2015

Follow the Rim of the World Drive from Fawnskin then turn left onto 2N58 follow it south west, the north then back east for a few miles past Hanna, Lego and to the Coven parking described above. The Snowslide road is still closed.
By Camron
Jul 22, 2016
How are the road conditions getting to this crag? Do you recommend 4wd and high clearance or can I can there is a sedan?

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