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The Gardens Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,830'
Location: 34.2732, -116.8478 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Chris Owen on Feb 12, 2011
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Bryn hangs out (he's about 1 here, now he's 11) wh...


Just a few minutes from the road lies this little sub area which I think is known locally as The Gardens. Knobby granite boulders amongst the pine trees on the north shore, with very nice views. Accessible for most of the year, and especially pleasant spring and fall.

These 10 to 15 foot high boulders offer some easy to moderate boulder problems. I use them for a quick fix when I don't have a partner, or with just the kids.

Sure there's more but this is just a little opener - explore and have fun.

Getting There 

Head east towards Lucerne Valley on North Shore Drive, turn left on Myrtle and follow it until it tees with West Pioneer, turn left and park by the gate - there's limited parking here.

Walk through the gate and head straight up the hill, passing over a wide trail, the trail gets faint but goes up and right of a lone tree to the boulders - 5 minutes or so from the car.

If anyone knows alternate names for the area or problems, or first ascents - I'll be happy to change the titles. I've been coming here for about 15 years, I've seen chalk but no-one else around.

Climbing Season

For the Big Bear North area.

Weather station 4.0 miles from here

18 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Gardens

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Gardens:
Route 13   V0 4     Boulder, 15'   
Route 9   V1 5     Boulder, 12'   
Route 10   V1 5     Boulder, 15'   
Route 5   V2 5+     Boulder, 15'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Route 13.

Route 13 V0 4  CA : San Bernardino Mountains : ... : The Gardens
My favorite problem here. Up the steep face on good holds....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of The Gardens Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Overview of The Gardens
BETA PHOTO: Overview of The Gardens
Rock Climbing Photo: The gate to the trail.
BETA PHOTO: The gate to the trail.
Rock Climbing Photo: Bryn and Stephen Owen on top of Route 1.
Bryn and Stephen Owen on top of Route 1.
Rock Climbing Photo: There's more than one way to get here - but follow...
BETA PHOTO: There's more than one way to get here - but follow...
Rock Climbing Photo: Knobby granite boulders...
Knobby granite boulders...
Rock Climbing Photo: Three of the boulders.
Three of the boulders.
Rock Climbing Photo: Working Unknown problem at the Gardens.
Working Unknown problem at the Gardens.
Rock Climbing Photo: More boulders.
More boulders.
Rock Climbing Photo: Stephen and Bryn (now 12) bouldering at The Garden...
Stephen and Bryn (now 12) bouldering at The Garden...

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By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
Mar 31, 2011
I have renamed this area from Myrtle Boulders to The Gardens based upon information gained form
By Chris Asencio
From: Hesperia, CA
Nov 17, 2012
Been to this area a few times, LOVE the problems here even with the lichen. Not a big destination, but fun if your in town from Holcomb Valley etc. Dont believe im starting "Route 5" correctly, seems more V2ish.
By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
Dec 3, 2012
Thanks for the comment Chris. I could see V2.
By Jeff Edge
Dec 11, 2014
Had a great time exploring here today, thanks for posting the area. You can find boulders in sun or shade, if one was so concerned. Watch out for broken glass on the ground.

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