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Tunnel Crag Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,000'
Location: 34.36014, -117.85934 View Map  Incorrect?
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South facing so it's sunny most of the time. Its right off the highway but its pretty far up so you'll only see a few cars and some motorcycles.
The rock is granite, its pretty solid but wear a helmet and watch for loose stuff.

This is a sport route area with about 30 routes and most are about 2-3 pitches.

Getting There 

From the 210 in La Canada exit Angeles Crest Hwy 2 and head North up towards the mountains. Go about 40 miles up (Past Williamson Rock) and you will drive through 2 tunnels. Park in the first turnout on the left and look up at the crag.

You can also come from the 15. Just exit the 138 and then go through Wrightwood and stay on the 2 and then park just before the tunnels, however this part of the road is closed during the winter.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.3 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Tunnel Crag

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Tunnel Crag:
Paper Clip   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Ignorway   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Learning to Fly   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 160'   
Yosemite Sam's Dinner Club Combo   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Running Boards   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
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Featured Route For Tunnel Crag

Paper Clip 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  California : Los Angeles Basin : ... : Tunnel Crag
Left most route on the bottom part of the south face. From the storm drain scramble up to a tree. The route starts at the far left behind the tree.This route provides easy access to the routes higher up on the South Face....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

Photos of Tunnel Crag Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: George Bracksieck on the second pitch of High Expo...
George Bracksieck on the second pitch of High Expo...
Rock Climbing Photo: Snowmobiling on Angeles Crest in front of the Crag...
Snowmobiling on Angeles Crest in front of the Crag...
Rock Climbing Photo: Route Guide 2
BETA PHOTO: Route Guide 2
Rock Climbing Photo: Route Guide
BETA PHOTO: Route Guide
Rock Climbing Photo: Solo aiding at the tunnel crag
Solo aiding at the tunnel crag
Rock Climbing Photo: Katey on Ignorway 10b
Katey on Ignorway 10b
Rock Climbing Photo: Vista Mountain South Face second pitch
Vista Mountain South Face second pitch
Rock Climbing Photo: In the tunnel during thunder showers
In the tunnel during thunder showers
Rock Climbing Photo: The crags around the tunnels.
The crags around the tunnels.
Rock Climbing Photo: You're almost there!
You're almost there!
Rock Climbing Photo: The 1st tunnel.
The 1st tunnel.
Rock Climbing Photo: A nice looking arête at Tunnel Crag.
A nice looking arête at Tunnel Crag.
Rock Climbing Photo: Bouldering on the 1st tunnel at Tunnel Crag.
Bouldering on the 1st tunnel at Tunnel Crag.
Rock Climbing Photo: Mike above the tunnels
Mike above the tunnels
Rock Climbing Photo: Almost to the top of the first pitch
Almost to the top of the first pitch

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By adam paz
Apr 1, 2015
I'm gonna go up sat. Since there is only 5 routes listed and 30 in the book of many years ago. Are the unlisted routes just old and/or taken down?
By Tristan B
From: La Crescenta, CA
Apr 1, 2015
There's a new guide book out that has most of the routes in it. There's definitely more than 5 routes up there.
By George Bracksieck
Apr 15, 2015
What's the name of the new guidebook? Where is it available?
By Tristan B
From: La Crescenta, CA
Apr 18, 2015
So cal climbing by Tom Slater -
By Jeff constine
Aug 29, 2015
No new routes are listed. Most of the old routes are a serious leads with bad consequences if you fall, due to were the bolts were placed.
By duh
Jun 20, 2016
Does anybody have information on the difficult route across and below the road from where you park for Tunnel Crag? It's the short, slightly overhanging route on beautiful orange rock.
By Kevin Mokracek
From: Burbank
Jun 26, 2016
Duh, Jeff will probably chime in when he gets a chance, it's his route and I believe it's 5.12 something or 11d. There are a few other routes in that area, Sunshine Arete is just past this route and has two 5.10's on it that Jeff and I put up last season, both are lots of fun.

Rock Climbing Photo: Sunshine Arete Photo by Jeff Constine
Sunshine Arete
Photo by Jeff Constine
By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Mar 12, 2017
Poop: Waste Disposal Strategies
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Everybody does it. Whether you’re cragging, hanging off the side of a big wall, or making your way across a glacier, poop happens. But did you know that the improper disposal of human waste can threaten access? Land managers don’t look kindly on human feces coming in contact (direct or indirect) with drinking water, other recreationalists, or wildlife. Not to mention the transmission of disease-causing pathogens from human waste. Gross, right?

The best methods for human waste disposal will vary depending on what kind of environment you’re climbing in. Follow these tips for taking care of business in a responsible way...
Bag Systems
There are a number of readily available bag systems (or “wag bags”) on the market, including Restop, GO anywhere, and Biffy Bag. The underlying principle of all these systems is “pack it out.” Do your business, scoop it up in the bag, seal it, and be on your way. All these products do a good job of sealing off odor and can be disposed of in trash receptacles.

Note: Bag systems are generally the best option for sensitive environmental areas. They can be used in combination with poop tubes.
Select an inconspicuous site where other people are unlikely to walk or camp — at least 200 feet (about 70 steps) away from water, trails, and camps. Dig a hole 6-8 inches deep and 4-6 inches in diameter. After doing your business, cover the cathole and disguise it with natural materials. If camping in the area for more than one night, or if camping with a large group, cathole sites should be widely dispersed. Use toilet paper sparingly and use only plain, white, non-perfumed brands. Better yet, use natural toilet paper like stones, vegetation, or snow.

Note: Do not use this method in slot canyons where it’s impossible to travel the required 200 feet from the river, in desert environments where there are no microorganisms necessary to biodegrade human waste, or in high-altitude environments where the ground can be too rocky to dig.

GALS: Do not bury feminine products. They don't decompose readily and animals may dig them up. Pack them out in a sealed bag. Pre-pack your sealed plastic bags with aluminum foil on the inside for added discretion.
Poop Tubes
A poop tube is a specially designed human waste storage container that is hauled with equipment up the climb. To make a poop tube, you’ll need PVC pipe around 6-10 inches long and 4 inches in diameter, a cap for one end, and a threaded fitting and plug for the other. This method requires the climber to do business into a paper bag, sprinkle with a small amount of kitty litter to reduce odor, and place the bag into the tube. After descending, empty the contents of the tube into any vault toilet. If you use any of the bag systems mentioned above with the poop tube (instead of paper bags), then the bags may be disposed of in any conventional garbage can, making waste disposal more convenient.

Note: In many popular big-wall climbing areas, such as Zion and Yosemite National Parks, it is mandatory to contain human waste by carrying a poop tube.

If you’re unsure what method is most appropriate at a particular climbing area, bag systems are always a good choice. When in doubt, pack it out.

Part of a local climbing organization dealing with human waste issues? Contact Amy Ansari at for more human waste strategies for climbers.
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