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Deep Creek Narrows

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Deep Creek Narrows 

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Elevation: 6,000'
Location: 34.2118, -117.1011 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Chris D on May 16, 2010
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BETA PHOTO: Southeast Face of Deep Creek Narrows


Deep Creek Narrows is a great little climbing area right outside the town of Running Springs. A short approach (and easy access if you know how to find the trail) makes this a nice easy morning or afternoon outing, but also makes it an easy spot to get to and litter, which seems to be a popular activity.

There are a number of developed routes in Deep Creek Narrows, most pretty short, but some are 50 feet or more. The rock is a good fine-grained granite that is smooth in places, slightly grainy in other, and generally easy on the hands.

Brad Singer's guidebook divides the Narrows into a number of smaller subdivisions, including the West, North, Southeast, East, and Lower East faces, and Dan Block.

This area is part of the Deep Creek Preserve, and that, along with area ethic, dictates a no bolting policy that you need to respect, and please take some trash (including all of your own) out with you. This is an idyllic location, or it could be...

Getting There 

From Highway 18 in Running springs, go north on Hunsaker Road then a quick right onto Hunsacker Way, a quick left onto West Drive and then a right onto Cove Circle. Follow Cove Circle around until you reach a dirt road which is the approved access point for Deep Creek.

Alternately, you can drive along Hunsaker past Encinas and park along the road, though you may run into property owners who object to you crossing their property. There's a fenced-in property on the right where you can skirt the fence until you hit a trail that drops down to the creek. Along the way you may see a USFS sign, then a homemade sign that says (at the moment)

"Deep Creek Narrow -->

<--Certain Death"

Following the trail to Deep Creek Narrows will take you downhill to the Narrows. From there, you can scramble around until you see the face you're looking for.

If possible, add the coordinates for the crags here on the map to your phone.

34.21178, -117.10115

8 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Deep Creek Narrows:
Overhang Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   North Face
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Featured Route For Deep Creek Narrows
Crack One, 5.6

Crack One 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b  CA : San Bernardino Mountains : ... : Southeast Face
Start up the broken face into the crack that splits the middle of the face. Finger and thin hands work with frequent face holds and smears on this relatively low-angle route.Walk-off to the left from the top of the route...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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