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South Arete
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South Arete

 
South Arete

Page Type: Route

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 32.91470°N / 116.8189°W

Object Title: South Arete

Route Type: Long Scramble

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: Class 2/3

Route Quality: 
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Page By: Mgross

Created/Edited: Sep 29, 2004 / Sep 29, 2004

Object ID: 162324

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Page Score: 75.8%  - 6 Votes 

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Approach


Take interstate 8 East from San Diego to Lake Jennings Rd. Go north 3 miles to El Monte Road and turn right. Proceed until you see a "No Camping/No Fires" sign on your left. That is the trailhead. You can park along the road there.

Route Description


The route goes off the road through a riparian area. Some climbers have been kind enough to point the way up with blue painted arrows and occasional signs noting "summit" with an arrow. In case you don't find these, continue up the trail until you hit a junction. Turn right and head for the South Arete. This trail leads directly to and up the side. More blue arrows and "summit" signs greet you up the ridgeline.

Essential Gear


You may consider rope for the descent of the more difficult Class 3 sections on the ridgeline, because they tend to be quite exposed.

Miscellaneous Info


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McKnightSouth Arete

McKnight

Voted 10/10

The south Arete is a very fun route. I have done it every saturday for the past few weeks. The only thing i can say is that the trail up is at times hard too follow. The good thing is that because of the steep ridge you are climbing up there is only really one way too go and that is up. There are stacks of rocks piled up along the way in some areas, Follow those as much as you can. As for descending, The same can be said. It takes a few times before you can ascend and descend and know exactly where your going. I climb this route alot and prefer it. If you ever have any questions or want a more hands on approach, I'd be happy too lead people up.
Posted Dec 28, 2008 10:33 pm

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South Arete exposureView of some of the good...South Arete profileAn exposed section running...The South AreteMid-way up the arete