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Lucerne Limestone Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 3,000'
Location: 34.5166, -116.9926 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Rough on Mar 1, 2009
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Lucerne Valley-morning. Photo by Blitzo.


A line of what is mostly a SoCal anomally, aka Limestone. While there aren't any caves, the rock is featured with feldspar bands, blocky edges, and pockets. This area is off the beaten path, though easy to get to, and does not see a lot of traffic due to it's relative proximity to the nearby New Jack City. For those who don't like crowds, I would suggest stopping by to check the place out.

One of the, if not the, warmest area in the general So Cal High Desert area surrounding Barstow / Victorville. The cliff faces due south. It can be windy, but on cold days the areas is perfect.

Getting There 

Drive east on Hwy 18 from Victorville, turn left onto Rabbit Springs Rd., turn left onto Kendall Rd., which immediately turns into Cove Rd., follow this till a "Y" and make a right hand turn. Follow the road till it curves left and you will see a dirt road heading straight towards a large dirt hill. Take the right fork onto the dirt road and drive straight to a parking area at the base of the hill. The climbing area is up on the hill directly above the limestone mine, about a 10 minute walk.

Climbing Season

For the High Desert area.

Weather station 6.8 miles from here

20 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Lucerne Limestone

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Lucerne Limestone:
Local Wisdom   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 2 pitches, 100'   Main Wall
Fortune Cookie   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Main Wall
Ancient Chinese Secret   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Main Wall
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Featured Route For Lucerne Limestone
Rock Climbing Photo: Leading the 5.7 - Cold Shoulder - 2007-2008?

Cold Shoulder 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  CA : High Desert : ... : Moderate Crag
Start on the south side of the Moderate Wall just around the arete. Go up the vertical segmented wall using big holds....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Lucerne Limestone Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Spring Blooms
Spring Blooms
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up from parking to the right of cove road.
BETA PHOTO: Looking up from parking to the right of cove road.
Rock Climbing Photo: Panorama Area Shot
BETA PHOTO: Panorama Area Shot
Rock Climbing Photo: Jpg of PDF topo
BETA PHOTO: Jpg of PDF topo
Rock Climbing Photo: Felicia Terry starting up tongue Thai'd
Felicia Terry starting up tongue Thai'd
Rock Climbing Photo: Merry Christmoose-a decorated Moose on Hwy 247 in ...
Merry Christmoose-a decorated Moose on Hwy 247 in ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Iggy, one of three very fat Chuckwalla's seen sunn...
Iggy, one of three very fat Chuckwalla's seen sunn...
Rock Climbing Photo: the bottom of the hill where you can park
BETA PHOTO: the bottom of the hill where you can park
Rock Climbing Photo: Parking Beta Shot
BETA PHOTO: Parking Beta Shot
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking south from midway up
BETA PHOTO: Looking south from midway up

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By Rough
Mar 1, 2009
Feel free to email me at for a free pdf topo of the entire area.
By mursick
Mar 26, 2009
I just spent the day climbing yesterday, and thought I'd mention the fact that people climbing here are doing a terrible job of cleaning up after themselves! We got there at about noon and someone just left the area, and it was a mess! So remember that most of us enjoy the outdoors for its natural beauty. So if you can't clean up after yourselves maybe this would be the perfect opportunity to invite your wife to go climbing. If she doesn't want to join you climbing at least she can clean up after you just like she does at home!
By adam paz
Apr 14, 2012
Here are the actual gps coordinates. 34.516570 -116.992649 the ones on this site are well how would you say not that acurate by a long shot Prob two miles off. And if you are a gadget person and use that frequently it can be frustrating when they don't work and it should get you within 30 feet
By susan peplow
From: Joshua Tree
Apr 10, 2013
Access from Hwy 247 aka Barstow Rd:

Take 247 north towards the town of Barstow from Hwy 18 split
Shortly after the school make a left-hand turn on a well marked paved road "Rabbit Springs"
Follow Rabbit Springs Rd, west until you dead-end at Kendall
Turn right (north) on Kendall and follow as it wanders around and turns into Cove
Continue on Cove until it makes a right hand turn onto a dirt road
Continue on Cove as it changes name into Vernada - follow until end

Rock Climbing Photo: Parking Area
Parking Area
By G Halsne
Sep 16, 2015
Came here today and had a great time! It would seem like some good parking beta might be to park past the boulder up the short dirt road to the left of the quarry gate. This puts you even closer ( farther up the hill as well) to the Moderate wall side of the crag and gets your rig off the road out of sight. We had an interesting encounter with a local that has property up the road in which he parked by our car, walked circles around it then stood there watching us for 30 minutes and messing with a part of the fence that climbers hop over. We ended up calling the sheriff just to be on the safe side. Desert folks can be curious?

Moderate wall is a great spot to warm in the sun if its a chilly morning. Had a lot of fun and will be back to tick the rest of the routes!

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