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South Ridge Boulders Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,500'
Location: 33.73493, -116.69666 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Colin Parker, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Ryan Strickland on Nov 3, 2011
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One of the best bouldering areas in Idyllwild. Most boulders range from 10-30 feet in height and are typically face or slab climbs, with a few exceptions. The rock is high quality granite, similar to that found at Suicide Rock.

Getting There 

Drive up South Ridge Road, located off of Tahquitz View Road in Idyllwild. Parts of the road can be rough or impassable for low clearance, 2wd vehicles until the road is graded. If your vehicle cannot make it all the way up, park in one of the many turnoffs and walk the rest of the way up. You know you're there when you see a large, slabby boulder in a parking area.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.5 miles from here

43 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in South Ridge Boulders

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for South Ridge Boulders:
Malcom's Best   V2 5+     Boulder, 25'   Malcom's Best
South Ridge Arete   V5 6C     Boulder, 20'   Malcom's Best
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Killer dual arete, start matched low on side-jug, work your way up, avoiding the tree....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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By generationfourth
From: Irvine, CA
Mar 27, 2012
What is the hard problem in the Elephant man corridor (on the other boulder) It's orange, chipped, really thin crimps and chipped footholds?? thanks
By x15x15
Apr 2, 2012
the so cal bouldering guide is a good book to pick up. great info in this guide.
By edg
Oct 15, 2013
Everyone keeps talking about so cal bouldering guide, but it does not have much info on route description. Is there another source?
By Colin Parker
From: Idyllwild, CA
Nov 7, 2013
I haven't found any other sources for information on this area. IMO, Craig Fry's guide is poor and dated.
By x15x15
Mar 29, 2014
I guess if you want a paint by numbers approach... but I still don't see a whole lot of "original" material on this page.
By HarrisonE
From: Stateline, NV
Apr 29, 2014
Some group of campers had a MASSIVE fire right under south ridge arete, the whole side of the boulder is black, and the heat made a huge flake pop out a bit and is really hollow, then the top of the flake was broken off making a massive ugly hold. That whole flake would pop if you tugged on it a bit and the first really good foot edge is apart of this flake. The problem is pretty much ruined...

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