This area is on a high "alpine" (used lightly due to the fact you are in southern California) ridge. There are 4 crags in this area with a lot of potential for new routes on pinnacles and boulders that has not even been tapped. It is a rather secluded area due to the vigorous approach. The rock quality is fairly fine granite it is similar to the granite you find at Holcomb or Castle Rock. There is evidence of pitons and hangers from way back when but there is very little information on this area before the late 90's.
Getting there is half the fun. Take hwy 18 along the north shore of Big Bear Lake. In the small town of Fawnskin (if you blink twice it is gone) you will see a small sign that says Rim of the World Dr. take this north (the beginning of the road is paved and starts right at the fire station) once you hit dirt follow for about 1/3 of a mile till you come to 3N14. Follow 3N14 for 2 miles (early in the season there can be 2-3 creek crossings with water up to 2 feet deep) This road is definitely not sedan friendly so be careful (you don't necessarily need a 4x4 but it would be nice) you will crest on a small hill where you can turn left (3N14C or right un marked) turn right you will see a gate on the right side of the road take this for less then a 1/10 of a mile and you will see 2N68 on your right (if you start heading down and around you went to far) turn onto 2N68 in about 100 feet you will see a nice pine needle covered parking area park here. Drive time to here about 20 minutes from Hwy 18.
After you park you will see a rather large hill/ridge to the north hike up the spine of the ridge meandering between the boulders and manzaneta to the first group of boulders and the first rock formation. There are 3 formations in this general area only one has chains at the top (the others you can easily protect with cams and stoppers) Continue up the spine of the ridge once you crest you will be greeted with 3 rather large summit blocks the furthest west one is Big West Hanna where the majority of the developed climbs can be found. The easiest way is to stay on the north side of the ridge and walk around and down. Stay off the south facing side of the ridge as it is a boulder field slippery with lichen and moss.
The crux comes at the 3rd bolt moving towards the 4th. The climb is well protected with solid bolts. The climb starts out on the face and moves out onto an arete glances off the roof then back on to the face to the summit. ...[more]Browse More Classics in CA