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Right off of HWY 74 Behind pathfinder ranch there are a plethora of rocks, I have had this playground to my self for the most part over the years. With this time I have found my self cleaning many boulders and hacking down tons of ribbon wood. The rock quality is amazing to decomposing. For the adventures soul there are more gems to find. A warning though, I have made it a rule to bring my machette when shwacking around these parts, because off trail travel is horrid.
In the summer it is f-in hot so not the best time to climb, though not unheard off if you get up early or want a sunset session. Spring and falls the are best and pretty perfect. Winter time can be cold, but warmer then Idyllwild and with a little whiskey not bad at all. When in the sun and with no wind climbing is crisp and perfecto.
This part of the mountain is forgotten, not that many people spends that much time here. For good reason too. It is the desert, Steep, hot, some of the rock crumbles under your feet, and Idyllwild/black mountain has better climbing. If you are off trail you probably will be on your hands and knees in ribbon wood tunnels. There are mountain lions (one reason I carry my machette), prospectors with shotguns, and almost every time except in the summer I am picking multiple ticks of my dog and me.
Most of the climbing is on NF, but parking can be touchy with Garner valley residents. All the place that are laid out to park are legal, just be nice and don't park people private property.
There are three main ways to access this part of the NF
A word of caution on the first two access points. Technically as you walk from the road to the NF, you are traveling through the garner valley commons, which is owned collectively by the residents of the home owner association and you need to be a guest of someone to use this land. Since this not a destination area and there are not going to be not many people accessing this at once, it will mostly likely not be a problem. please be respectful to the residents and people at the commons.
First is to park at the end of devils ladder rd. You can turn off 74 on to devils ladder rd. You want to park right before it turns left to pathfinder ranch. To get to the rocks head east and the water tank road. There are two trails that you can hop on depending where you want to climb. The first trail is at the first flat spot on the road on your left. Second, If you continue up the road just past the water tank on the left there is a trail leading up to more rocks.
The second way to access, is parking at the same as above and head towards the water tank rd but turn right(south) and head behind the garner valley commons (the big building). Walk past horseshoe pits on the right, passing a small shed and looking for a horse trail that is south of the commons. The Trail will lead out into the NF towards the uncommons.
The third parking is @ table mountain rd and Pathfinder rd..Via the 74 to Butterfly peak rd to Table mountain rd. Driving onto pathfinder rd is private property and there is nowhere to park. This is where you would park to access prospector wall as well. After you park walk up and over pathfinder rd and then follow the road left up into the NF. There a boulder field on the right called The Nest, these are on Pathfinder Ranch private property.
you can walk from one side of the area to the other fairly easily, once you figure out the trails. This will take about 30-45 min.
i have been climbing and bouldering here for over 15 or so years. this is a really fun area that will always be off the map. but, please treat this area with absolute respect. There is a bunch of private property all over garner valley, and there are plenty of gray areas with access. so, be quiet, clean, and stealth. oh, and have fun!!!