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Fisherman's Buttress Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,000'
Location: 34.2401, -116.9691 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: C Miller on Mar 15, 2007
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Fisherman's Buttress from across the lake, Big Bea...


Fisherman's Buttress (aka Roadside Rock) is located on the south side of Big Bear Lake and offers fantastic climbing with marvelous scenery and a minimal approach.

The climbing here tends to be short and technical with crimpy moves and thoughtful sequences. There are currently 30+ routes in the area with ratings ranging from 5.5 to 5.12, although the bulk of the better routes tend to be 5.11 and up making this a good alternative to the nearby Holcomb Valley Pinnacles.

Classics here include Roadside Crack (5.10a), Trout Fishing in America (5.11b), Big Mouth Fever (5.11c), Catch of the Day (5.11c), Rumblefish (5.11d), Check Your Fly (5.12a) and Trouser Trout (5.12a).

Getting There 

Easily reached by driving 0.6 miles from the dam at Big Bear Lake on the south shore of the lake. Limited parking is available at three nearby spots - 1) a short distance east of the crag in a dirt pullout on the right side (south) of the road which fits about three vehicles, 2) across the road from #1 with room for a car or two, and 3) to the west (towards the dam) on the lake side (left) of the paved road with room for about five or six vehicles.

From parking location #1 and #2 head upslope and follow a faint trail through boulders which quickly improves. Follow this to Three Fishes Rock and on to the east face of Fisherman's Buttress. From parking location #3 cross the road carefully, and then head uphill to join a trail which leads to the west face of Fisherman's Buttress.

Please don't walk along the road or head directly up the hillside - doing either will cause problems at this crag, so please take the extra time to find the trail and prevent any sort of access issues.

Climbing Season

For the Fisherman's Buttress Area area.

Weather station 0.5 miles from here

21 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Fisherman's Buttress

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Fisherman's Buttress:
Roadside Crack   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Fisherman's Buttress - East...
Fishlips   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Fisherman's Buttress - East...
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Fishbone 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  CA : San Bernardino Mountains : ... : Fisherman's Buttress - East...
Awkward climbing on the arete on the far left side of the east face. Careful footwork is necessary along with interesting hand placement in order to send this tricky 5.10b. (Using the block on the right makes the climb a 5.9)...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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By Neil Roessler
Apr 23, 2012
This is such a great area. Quality rock, beautiful location and some super asthetic routes. Cannot wait to get back up there to work on a few of the routes on the North Face.
Jun 29, 2014
Literally right above the road. You can see the west face as your drive from the dam.

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