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West Bernardo Hills Rock Climbing 


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Location: 33.04989, -117.09426 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Marc Kajut, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Adam Stackhouse on Jan 17, 2012
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BETA PHOTO: West Bernardo Hills

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Description 

This sun lit outcropping can be seen from the I-15 when driving through Rancho Bernardo. From the trailhead on Pablado it takes about 20 minute stroll to get to the base. At about the 6th interpretive sign (posted on rocks pertaining to wood rats and squirrels) take left on faint trail, traversing over to the pole line road. Go right on the road/trail until an inobvious trail(s) on the left can lead up steep terrain to the rocks.

Several toprope problems and a few bolted leads were established a couple decades ago. I don't remember any of the names or FA info, so if somebody has any info let me know!

Getting There 

Exit off of I-15 at Pomerado Road and at the light take a left (north or southbound makes no difference). Take this road, West Bernardo Drive for about 2-3 miles until reaching the intersection of Duenda Road where one will take a right turn. Continue straight through several stop signs through the neighborhood until the road turns into Pablado. The trailhead for the open space is on Pablado just before Moon Song Road. Roadside parking

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Weather station 2.1 miles from here

18 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',1],['5.10',2],['5.11',2],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',3],['V2-3',1],['V4-5',3],['V6-7',1],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]


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Rock Climbing Photo: One of the longer reaches to a pinkey lock

Dark Dihedral 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  California : San Diego County : ... : West Bernardo Hills
This fantastic climb starts tucked in an interesting dihedral where you stand on a sloped ledge. The finger locks are really good and the right face has plenty of good holds for hands and feet as you work your way to the top. Thre, you'll encounter a small crux where you're reaching high for the topout holds. It's a gem! Landing is hellacious tho. Don't fall. The downclimb is a bit ...exciting as you have to jump to...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

Photos of West Bernardo Hills Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Best way to wake up.
Best way to wake up.
Rock Climbing Photo: Fun crack climb at the main route area. Still a bi...
Fun crack climb at the main route area. Still a bi...
Rock Climbing Photo: This is an open project. I worked it for an hour a...
This is an open project. I worked it for an hour a...
Rock Climbing Photo: Pano looking east from the west, toward the lake.
BETA PHOTO: Pano looking east from the west, toward the lake.
Rock Climbing Photo: Always be vigilant.
BETA PHOTO: Always be vigilant.
Rock Climbing Photo: Approach trail from the nice neighborhood.
BETA PHOTO: Approach trail from the nice neighborhood.
Rock Climbing Photo: two lines, right line doesn't look to bad and left...
two lines, right line doesn't look to bad and left...
Rock Climbing Photo: slab in the middle has two lead lines bolted
slab in the middle has two lead lines bolted
Rock Climbing Photo: has older looking anchor on top of crack
has older looking anchor on top of crack
Rock Climbing Photo: West Bernardo Hills
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Rock Climbing Photo: TBD
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Rock Climbing Photo: Interp signs along the trail
BETA PHOTO: Interp signs along the trail

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By atp
From: Clairemont Mesa, CA
Apr 9, 2012
Checked out WBH and I thought the hike and view was really nice. As for the climbing, if you live in the area or are looking to check out something new in the area then it is something to do. There were a handfull of climbs (most being for rope or spooky highballs), and the rock was good quality. None the less the routes that are put up are good lines.
By Wild Face
Mar 11, 2014
Wild fire came through here in 2007, not sure if the bolts have been replaced since.
By Ben May
From: Escondido, CA
Apr 16, 2017
The brush breaking really isn't that bad but the foxtails will drive you insane. Maybe wear gators or taller boots or something. Trust me. And prepare yourself for some really unfortunate graffiti. Some kids are real asshats.

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