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Rock Garden Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 8,329'
Location: 34.28159, -117.63997 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: caseyromero1 on Aug 25, 2011

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This small bouldering area lies at the base of the Baldy Bowl on Mt. San Antonio/Mt. Baldy. The approach is a long hike in but the views and cool temps during the summer months make it a fun place to visit. Descent granite and short sit start climbs are concentrated in a rock field below the summit.

!!!BAD LANDINGS!!! many climbs have sharp broken rock that litter the floor so bring a bouldering pad or two and please be courteous of day hikers sharing the trail.

Getting There 

Take Mt.Baldy Rd from the cities of Upland or Claremont. Drive up this road until you reach Manker Flats then park at the upper end. (A National Forest Adventure Pass is required to park here) To the left side will be a paved and gated road, (Falls road) follow this for 0.6 mile to reach the San Antonio falls. Go up the hairpin turn and continue for another 0.3 mile, you will see a narrow path on the left angling up the slope with a sign that says Mt Baldy Trail, this is also known as the the Ski Hut Trail. After 2.5 miles from the start of the Mt Baldy Trail, you will reach the Ski Hut, leaving the Ski Hut and crossing the small creek, the trail curves west and ascends to a boulder field on both sides of the trail. (Rock Garden)

Climbing Season

For the Angeles National Forest area.

Weather station 1.2 miles from here

34 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',19],['1 Star',12],['Bomb',0]

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Philosophers Stone V1+ 5  CA : Los Angeles Basin : ... : Rock Garden
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By Dreifert
From: Foothill Ranch, CA
Jun 10, 2012
There are three bolts on top of the Natural Showmanship boulder. They have Metolius hangers and rusted washers, I'd trust them for a top rope belay for the backside of this boulder which is a steeper and taller version of the aforementioned slab on the front.

This place is a sweet ending to the steep 2.5mi approach. There was abundant clean water flowing in the stream nearby. The host at the ski hut let us use their sink for refills, which is piped from the same stream.
By TacoDelRio
From: All up in yo bidniss.
Jan 14, 2013
FWIW the name of the largest boulder is Piton Rock, or so I've been told.
By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Jun 2, 2013
Yep, Piton Rock, is what all the old timers told us they called it.
By Sarah Barron
Aug 21, 2013
For more about Piton Rock & the "old timers":
By Edmon
Aug 8, 2015
My experience at Manker Flats Campground - I was not that content with the atmosphere, but I'd typically prefer more secluded and private campgrounds. This offers neither but a heavily regulated campground with the fees demanded upon arrival nearly.

Ski Hut Trail Hike ( To reach Rock Garden )- The hike was one of the best I've ever done, meaning it was a difficult ascent. Taking pads will make it additionally fun.

Rock Garden- It was a nuisance to move around from boulder to boulder due to the extremity of rocks all around. Honestly, I would never suggest anyone to go there. Despite everything else, the boulders aren't worth it.

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