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Scot Rock 


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Elevation: 5,200'
Location: 34.2256, -117.1962 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Bill Olszewski on Jun 18, 2009
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Description 

Scot rock is a beautiful 200’ piece of granite, set on the south flank of the San Bernardino Mountains near Lake Arrowhead, visible from the San Bernardino valley on a clear day. The rock is of high quality and divided into two faces with technical climbing. The south face runs the full 200’ featuring two bolted multi-pitch moderates, plus a 5.12a mixed route and the classic Tipton’s Arete (5.12a). The west face is about 80’ high and is home to five bolted lines, a trad route and a mixed route. Both faces have a variety of climbing from crack to face to slab; most routes reflect this diversity. All climbs end at bolted chain anchors for rappel. The best way to exit the area is to haul everything up to the anchor when doing the final climb, then load up and head back up the trail. Although not a destination crag, Scot Rock is a great place to spend a day climbing.


Getting There 

Scot Rock is accessed from CA-18, the Rim of the World highway. There are two ways to reach the parking lot: Head up the CA-18 from San Bernardino (Waterman Ave. from the CA-210) toward Crestline. Continue east on CA-18 to Crest Park, about ½ mile past Rim of the World High School. Or take the CA-330 from CA-210 (CA-30) at Highland, towards Running Springs. Take CA-18 west toward Lake Arrowhead. Continue to Crest Park, about ¼ mile past the CA-173/Lake Arrowhead exit. From this parking lot, walk west through the picnic area, heading slightly right to gain the paved fire road. This is also a private drive for a few homes in the area so please be respectful. Follow the pavement as it curves downhill to the left. Head into the open lot on the left before reaching the homes. At the far side of the open space, find a trail and follow the cairns south along the ridge. The trail turns to the southwest at a hilltop and follows talus steeply down to the top of Scot Rock. Pick an anchor and rap to the base of either wall. Be aware that this requires some exposed and unprotected easy scrambling. When rapping down the south face you will need to find the lower anchors; following the line of Highlander will require three raps. Allow about 20 minutes for the hike in, somewhat longer to hike the 500’ elevation gain back to the car.


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Scot Rock:
Highlander   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 2 pitches, 120'   
Loch Ness   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Neil’s not Young Anymore   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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The fractured left side of the west face.  Bagpipes & Ale follows the discontinuous cracks in the right side of the picture, over the small roof past two bolts.

Bagpipes & Ale 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Scot Rock
Easy climbing on the right side of the crack area leads to a sizeable roof. Follow the discontinuous cracks to a block below the roof. Pass over the block; one last piece of gear can be placed at the top of the crack as it turns the roof. After pulling onto the roof, clip a bolt and finish the crux roof. Easy face climbing past one more bolt leads to a chain anchor, shared with Neil’s not Young Anymore and Chivas Regal. Rappel to descend....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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The southwest arete of Scot Rock.
The southwest arete of Scot Rock.
Nathan Fitzhugh having some fun on Neil's not Young Anymore.
Nathan Fitzhugh having some fun on Neil's not Youn...
This is what you're looking for when driving the CA-18.
BETA PHOTO: This is what you're looking for when driving the C...
Albert Ramirez at the rappel for the west face.
Albert Ramirez at the rappel for the west face.
View from the top of Scot Rock, looking down at the anchor used to rap before climbing the west face.
BETA PHOTO: View from the top of Scot Rock, looking down at th...
The trail continues down to the rounded summit then turns to the right, heading steeply down to Scot Rock.
BETA PHOTO: The trail continues down to the rounded summit the...
View of the picnic area from the parking lot.  Head to the right past the picnic table to find the fire road.
BETA PHOTO: View of the picnic area from the parking lot. Hea...
View of the valley from the fire road.
View of the valley from the fire road.
The top of Scot Rock on the approach.
The top of Scot Rock on the approach.
The trail starts through the space visible on the far side of the clearing, to the right of the person.
BETA PHOTO: The trail starts through the space visible on the ...
On top of Scot Rock. Great photo by Noelle Ladd.
On top of Scot Rock. Great photo by Noelle Ladd.
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By C Miller
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Jun 18, 2009

This is a worthy area to visit but make sure you go when it's cool or get there early as it's very exposed and can get hot.