Idyllwild Climbing Trip

Idyllwild is one of those quiet mountain towns where everyone knows each other and everything closes by 5pm. Not only is this pine-forested paradise a beautiful place for camping, hiking and viewing wildlife, it just so happens to be one of Southern California’s top destinations for rock climbing.

Ask anyone in the climbing community and they’ll agree, Idyllwild boasts world-class granite formations. Tahquitz Rock, a monolith visible from miles down the highway, towers over 2,000 feet above the mile-high town. Suicide Rock, its shy but solid counterpart, gapes with smooth granite faces across the valley floor. Viewing vertical multi-pitch terrain and feeling the technical strain of these giant rocks will provide worthy exposure to the life of a traditional rock climber.

This trip is designed to give the aspirant climber experience in a classic trad climbing setting. We recommend the participants be in very good physical condition. Prepare for steep hikes with weight and long days of climbing. Previous experience in belaying and outdoor rock climbing is a must!

The group will leave from Rec Cen early Saturday morning and return Monday evening. Fee covers group breakfasts and dinners while camping, round trip transportation, group cooking equipment, rock gear, and guides. You provide your own lunches and personal camping gear.

Prerequisite: Rock I or equivalent

For more information, email adventure@essr.ucsb.edu.

Back to Trips