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Black Mountain 


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Elevation: 7,500'
Location: 33.8263, -116.7591 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Obi on Jul 9, 2007
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Description 

A premier bouldering locale of southern california, the granite boulders call out to any climber who visits this area. A variety of boulder problems are found, both in terms of steepness and grades. Located at 7500 ft, bouldering here is in a beautiful mountain setting - pine trees are as plentiful as the boulders are.

Most newcomers to Black Mountain quickly notice two things: 1) the problems here are often tall and off-the-deck 2) the ratings are HARD for the grade. Fear not - many of the most visible problems are indeed tall (20+ feet in Boulder Basin), but shorter problems can be found if one looks close enough. As for the grades, I'd suggest leaving your egos at home...

The area is primarily a summer and fall destination site. The rangers lock the gates to Black Mtn during the winter and early spring months. Call the Idyllwild Ranger Station (909-382-2921) regarding questions about access to Boulder Basin campground if in doubt.

Weekends can be crowded, especially in Boulder Basin with many families (read: groups with kids) running around. Please be courteous and ask for permission before climbing on any problems that are in someone else's campsite.

Pit toilets are available in Boulder Basin. Although water (technically not drinkable...) can be piped into the campsite, spigots are shut off during drought seasons. Be sure to bring your own water just in case.

Camping: $10 dollars per night for a site in Boulder Basin Campground.

Parking outside of the campsites is extremely limited. Be Green and carpool if at all possible. In addition, cars parked outside of paid campsites require an Adventure Pass - contact the rangers in Idyllwild for more information.


Getting There 

From L.A., take Interstate 10 east. Get off at highway 243 and head south towards Idyllwild. After about 30 minutes, turn left onto Black Mountain Road (look for a sign that says "Boulder Basin Campground").

After about 5 miles, you will arrive at OK Corral. A little less than a mile up the road, take the left turn towards Boulder Basin.

  • Please note that the 6 miles of dirt road is rough. Each year the road is in varying states of "drivable conditions". Generally, although it is possible to make it up the dirt road, I would highly recommend a 4x4 vehicle. Please drive slowly on this road as it narrows in places.


84 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Black Mountain:
Flower Pot Face   V1 5 PG13     Boulder, 15'   Boulder Basin Campground : Flower Pot Boulders
Flower Pot Right   V1+ 5     Boulder, 8'   Boulder Basin Campground : Flower Pot Boulders
Front Wheel Drive   V2 5+     Boulder, 8'   Boulder Basin Campground : Off Road Boulder
Big Greeny   V2 5+ R     Boulder, 20'   Boulder Basin Campground : Big Greeny Boulder
Four Wheel Drive   V2 5+     Boulder, 10'   Boulder Basin Campground : Off Road Boulder
Pink Crack   V2-3 5+     Boulder, 18'   Boulder Basin Campground : Pink Boulder
Buttermilk Face 2   V3 6A     Boulder, 10'   Lookout Tower Area
Hueco Problem   V3 6A R     Boulder, 18'   OK Corral Lower : Hueco Boulder
The Visor Lip   V3 6A     Boulder, 10'   The Summit : The Visor
Easy Mumblage   V3 6A     Boulder, 20'   The Summit : Summit Blocks
Reed's Arete   V4 6B     Boulder, 12'   OK Corral Central : H Boulder (aka Reed's Bould...
Unnamed V4   V4 6B     Boulder   OK Corral Central : H Boulder (aka Reed's Bould...
Boulder Basin Dyno   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   Boulder Basin Campground : The Tulip Boulder
Where Boneheads Dare   V5 6C R     Boulder, 25'   Boulder Basin Campground : Daring Boulder
Stanage Problem   V6 7A     Boulder, 12'   OK Corral Central : C Boulder (aka Stanage Boul...
Facemeat   V6 7A     Boulder, 10'   The Summit : Facemeat
Courier Flight (aka Bull Durham)   V6 7A     Boulder, 8'   Boulder Basin Campground : Campsite 16 - 19
Center Visor   V6 7A     Boulder, 10'   The Summit : The Visor
Cracker Boy   V7 7A+     Boulder, 15'   Lookout Tower Area
Can Opener   V8 7B     Boulder, 10'   The Summit : The Visor
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Featured Route For Black Mountain
Obi making an attempt up Pink Crack using a different sequence than usual...  Photo by S. Hoffman

Pink Crack V2-3 5+  CA : San Jacinto Mountains : ... : Pink Boulder
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Sunset from the Republic, Black Mountain
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Attempting to get out to the lip...
Grandview Point, Black Mountain
Grandview Point, Black Mountain
Random Boulder, Black Mountain
Random Boulder, Black Mountain
The view from Grandview Point, Black Mountain
The view from Grandview Point, Black Mountain
Looking towards Desert Hot Springs from Black Mountain Road.
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The sign off of highway 243 showing that you're on...
Sunset, Black Mountain
Sunset, Black Mountain
Rock spire along the Fuller Ridge Trail, Black Mountain
Rock spire along the Fuller Ridge Trail, Black Mou...
The Chief (V4), Black Mountain
The Chief (V4), Black Mountain
Looking south from the Boulder Basin CG road, Black Mountain
Looking south from the Boulder Basin CG road, Blac...
The sign at the start of the trail, Black Mountain
The sign at the start of the trail, Black Mountain
Afternoon bouldering, Black Mountain
Afternoon bouldering, Black Mountain
The Jewel (5.12), Black Mountain
The Jewel (5.12), Black Mountain
Rock formations, Black Mountain
Rock formations, Black Mountain
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Comments displayed oldest to newestSkip Ahead to the Most Recent Dated Sep 15, 2013
By C Miller
Administrator
Jul 11, 2007

Selected topos of Black Mountain are available in PDF form online at DrTopo.com.

By C Miller
Administrator
Apr 30, 2009

An interesting discussion on Supertopo about Black Mountain - www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.html?topic_id=828516.

By Adam Stackhouse
Administrator
Jun 14, 2012

Tour de France V6

By Adam Stackhouse
Administrator
Jun 14, 2012

Loh Roof


By Adam Stackhouse
Administrator
Jun 14, 2012

Dan Osman Arete V6


By PrrdyLady
From: Riverside, CA
Sep 25, 2012

Anyone know anything about this climb? It's short but sweet!

By RER
From: Temecula, Ca
Oct 10, 2012

Found this fun problem on a short hike north past the Pink Crack.

By RER
From: Temecula, Ca
Oct 10, 2012

An easy highball with other problems on the boulder just some cleaning involved. Found it about 5 mins north of the Pink Crack.

By HunterCody
From: San Diego
Jul 31, 2013



CRUXMedia and HairlessMonkeyFilms bring you the first episode of "Crimpin' Aint Easy." Episode 1 features professional climbers Roland Wagner and Chris Lindner and was shot on location around several well known rock climbing havens in Southern California including: Mt. Woodson, Black Mountain and Tramway.

By Tom Allen
Aug 27, 2013

Parking beta: pay to park in the lot by the campground if you're not camping. On 8/24/13 I parked near the gate on the road that leads to the Rounded Boulders and fire lookout, and got a $125 ticket. There are no parking signs on the gate itself, but I was 80 feet from it, and completely off the road.

I spoke to the ranger who gave the the ticket. He was pretty unreasonable, claiming that no parking signs apply as far as you can see them, that the existence of a parking lot down the road implied that it was illegal to park anywhere else, that I should have read the campsite rules board even if I wasn't camping, etc. But then he called me a couple of days later to tell me that he revoked the ticket. He also said that they would put up clearer signs.

Also, the National Parks pass with hang tag that used to work as an Adventure Pass (which don't exist any more, apparently) is not an acceptable substitute for paying the $5 to park in the lot.

By Dennis
Sep 15, 2013

Hey folks, anyone been there recently? Thinking about going up to boulder and camp for the first time. Wondering if my camry will be able to handle the road.

Thanks!