The Pinnacles of Lake Arrowhead is a group of small, granite peaks Northwest of Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino Mountains. There are many excellent climbing opportunities with hundreds of bolted climbs scattered throughout the hills. Many local climbers compare the quality of the rock to that of Joshua Tree. The chaparral and manzanita surrounding and covering the Pinnacles tends to be the largest deterrent for most to some of the more remote walls and formations. A trail leads to the beautiful meadow just South of the Ugly Wall, supposedly this awesome little spot is referred to by local climbers as "The Center of the Universe". All other trails must be followed carefully as many small use-trails lead off into other areas,the main summit itself, and multiple bushwacks. There are at least 5 walls/groups of outcroppings that are bolted, with the area itself totaling in more than 50+ routes. The Pinnacles' main summit is an Sierra Club Hundred Peaks Section (HPS) peak and can easily be climbed in a day with the nearby HPS peak Mt. Marie Louise.
Coming from the South:
•Go east 8.5 miles on SR 138 to SR 173 near Lake Silverwood. Turn left (east) on SR 173.
•Go east on SR 173. The highway is paved for the first 8 miles and then becomes a dirt road. Continue 7 miles on the dirt road south up the Mojave River Canyon (spectacular) to the beginning of pavement.
•Park off the road near the rifle range which will be on your right (west). Do not block the entrance to the range.
•You can drive about 0.2 mile further to where the pavement ends and park there or alternatively you can park at a concrete water tank about 0.2 mile south of the rifle range.
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Cut the Crap, get Real Sweetheart 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 50' Wall of Buttresses : Lower Buttresses
Welcome to the Wickerfinny Wildlife Adventure 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 60' Upper Buttresses : Rotten Rock Spire
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Razor Tips 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b CA : San Bernardino Mountains : ... : Pinnacle 2
The Main Pinnacle Ridge is located above the Skull formantion. From the meadow below to the south, hike up a climbers trail heading north and around the Skull's west side. Once on the backside of the Skull, continue north through faint trail networks the formations above (Pinnacles #1-6). Cross through a corridor (some scrambling required) and reach the north side of these pinnacles. Once there, the pinnacle are identifyed by looking at their north faces. Pinnacle #1 is the far left ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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