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The Pit Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,500'
Location: 34.30849, -116.88063 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Bill Olszewski on Jun 23, 2009
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BETA PHOTO: Look for these troughs just off the 4WD road. Hea...


The Pit is a south-facing, mostly hidden wall to the west of the Central Pinnacles. It rises 50 feet from a jumble of boulders that make entry difficult. As the name implies, this jumble of boulders forms a pit at the base of the wall. The wall is capped by a pair of short pillars. There are three nice routes here, on excellent rock: an easy sport, a moderate crack, and a fairly challenging sport. Due to its location and hidden access, the Pit sees very little action. But definitely hit this wall on a day when you’re exploring the Western Pinnacles, especially if the Central Pinnacles are mostly locked down.

Getting There 

To find the Pit, walk west from Pistol Whipped wall to the 4WD road. Head south to where the road branches out. There are a couple of old water troughs in the ground, to the west of the road. Walk past these troughs and follow the hillside up and to the right (north) to the jumble of boulders. Look for a low cave and climb the blocks directly to the left of the entrance. Scramble up the slabs to the east-facing wall. Scramble up and right along the base of that wall. Crest the ridge and scramble down into the Pit.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.5 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in The Pit

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Pit:
Sunkissed   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Sunkissed follows the bolt line on the left side o...

Sunkissed 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a  California : San Bernardino Mountains : ... : The Pit
Sunkissed is a great route for the beginning lead climber. Start on the left side of the wall. Move up on easy slab climbing until you reach the anchor ledge. This fun route is reminiscent of Blasting Cap and Firewater, but a little more obvious than the latter. A great introduction to slab climbing. Rappel to descend....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: You'll find this cave when approaching the Pit.  C...
BETA PHOTO: You'll find this cave when approaching the Pit. C...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down into the Pit.
Looking down into the Pit.
Rock Climbing Photo: The collection of boulders that make up the Pit.
BETA PHOTO: The collection of boulders that make up the Pit.

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