This area covers all of the formations from the northern parking area south to Camp Rock
and includes Coyote Crag
, Claim Jumper Wall
, Pistol Whipped Wall
, Motherlode Rock
, Gunsmoke Wall
, Thunderbird Wall
and much more.
This area truly is the heart of the Pinnacles and offers the greatest concentration of routes with the least amount of hiking in the entire region. The abundance of well-protected, featured moderates in the area makes it especially popular during the height of the season, so be warned if seeking solitude.
Don't miss climbs of the area include Gold Standard
(5.6), Bye Crackie
(5.7), Coyotes at Sunset
(5.8), Black Magic Poodle
(5.9), Claim Jumper
(5.10a), One Armed Bandit
(5.10a), Pistol Pete
(5.10a), Coyotes in the Henhouse
(5.10d), Stake Your Claim
(5.10d), Doc's Holiday
(5.10d) and The Incinerator
The northern parking area is located at the edge of the Central Pinnacles, making it an obvious choice to park and walk the 5-10 minutes required to reach any of the crags in the Central Pinnacles.
It's also possible to park at the southern parking area, near Parking Lot Rock
, and walk north for 10 minutes to reach the southern end of the area near Coyote Crag
Weather station 4.5 miles from here
161 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',37],['2 Stars',81],['1 Star',42],['Bomb',1]
Browse More Classics in Central Pinnacles
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Central Pinnacles:
Featured Route For Central Pinnacles
Doc's Holiday 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b CA
: San Bernardino Mountains
: ... : Doc Holliday Wall
Easy moves past three bolts lead up a featured face to the base of the smooth headwall. Clip the 4th bolt and then head up the steep, smooth face using small but positive crimps that appear just as you need them. After clipping the last bolt head straight up on jugs to finish on a small ledge with anchors. The bottom portion of this was originally climbed via a loose hand crack to the right; years later a direct start was added which boosted the popularity of this quality route. ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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By Climb To Safety
Sep 19, 2013
after much praise about the pinnacles from Chris D, i finally made it out here. Can't wait to go back, the rock is fantastic, only wish the climbs were longer.
By Chris D
From: the couch
Nov 7, 2013
You should climb then down-climb each route twice. Then they will seem long. Soon, an El Cap Day will be in the bag.