School Rock (aka Eagle Eye Rock)
School Rock (aka Eagle Eye Rock) from the lower ap...
High on a hillside above the town of Running Springs is this sixty foot high, west-facing formation with a nice selection of routes from 5.5 to 5.12 on clean, compact granite offering year-round climbing provided snow levels aren't too high. With it's westerly aspect this area can get really hot making it ideal for summer mornings or spring and fall afternoons. Watch out for rattlesnakes in the area as they're commonly seen when it's warm. Twin Cracks
(5.8), Small Wooden Babies
(5.10a), Hot for Teacher
(5.10d) and Aswad
(5.12b) are all recommended routes for the area.
Several other small formations and some bouldering are also found in the immediate vicinity.
Midway between the town of Running Springs and Keller Peak Road make a turn onto Running Springs School Road and follow it for 0.8 miles to an unmarked dirt road on the left. Drive 0.5 miles to a spot where the rock is visible and park on the left. A 5-10 minute walk with minimal elevation gain leads directly to the base.
As an alternative you can drive 0.7 miles from the start of the dirt road to a spot where the road splits. Take the left fork and continue for another 0.3 miles as it winds around to a circular parking area on the backside of the rock. Descend a gully on the left (south) side of the rock to the base. The approach takes about 5 minutes or less.
Climbing Season For the Running Springs Area area.
Weather station 4.4 miles from here
11 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
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By aaron hope
From: Walnut Creek, CA
Jun 14, 2011
This place is fun! Cool routes with a great view. My car couldn't make it the half mile on the rough dirt road. Not a big deal..its a short walk from the main road (15min) cause you can cut directly toward the Rock as soon as you see it.
By Michael Clark
From: Ames, IA
Sep 30, 2012
Can anyone tell me if you can TR any of the routes. Just wondering if you can get on top from the back or not.
By C Miller
Oct 9, 2012
Yes, it's an easy scramble to the top of the rock and worth it alone just to watch the sunset.