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spapagiannisMistake, but made it  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2014


Well - my friend and I made it... but, totally the wrong way. We scooted up at the wrong spot and found ourselves climbing a chute. Luckily we made it to the top, traversed around and scrambled upward. We were getting the sense of the way up that this way not FRC, though it was way more safe to move upward than descend. Only did we truly realize our error when we topped out on the false summit and eventually hiked down to the saddle to notice the scree slope we should have taken up from FRC. Oops! Certainly would NOT recommend taking the route up we did, though we got extremely lucky. Need to do more recon on the FRC access point.
Posted Sep 29, 2014 2:33 am

NavySeabeeVia Falling Rock Canyon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2013


Very much enjoyed the lower 1200' of Falling Rock, but the scree slope was a LOT of work. Continued up to Ontario, Falsie and Bighorn. Fun loop day even if a tad warm.
Posted Jul 8, 2013 11:10 am

BobD3Breezy, cold and cloudy day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 27, 2013


I enjoyed the off trail route up Falling Rock Canyon. It was a blast.
Posted Feb 2, 2013 11:44 pm

wildanessXvia Falling Rock Canyon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 24, 2012


Really enjoyed this one. Warm on the summit, cool below in the canyons. Couldn't have asked for better weather!
Posted Nov 25, 2012 12:24 am

dpsiebertFrom Ontario  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 7, 2012


Followed the ridge down from Ontario for some off trail thrills (kinda).
Posted Jan 7, 2012 6:46 pm

MtnDoserTough, really tough
Date Climbed: May 1, 2011


All worth it!
Posted May 3, 2011 5:17 pm

GigaMikeBaldy 11 Peaks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2010


Hiked to Sugarloaf Peak as part of my 11 peaks day hike.
Posted Feb 4, 2011 12:30 am

mdostbyVia FRC  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 29, 2010


Snowshoed up with mforjan and bighornmonkey. Fun day.
Posted Jan 30, 2010 1:29 pm

wyopeakMikeSugarloaf rules  Sucess!


I used to love the scramble from behind the rest area to the top. The rocky section had some real nice rock to scramble over. I really loved the times I went up to this very alpine little summit.
Posted Dec 12, 2009 1:50 pm

cabFalling Rock Canyon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 5, 2009


Started in the dark from Icehouse Canyon TH and turned off the trail too soon to try to go up Falling Rock Canyon. Started up a loose rock slope and took about a 10' fall on the headwall at the top when my foothold crumbled. Bleeding from every limb on my body, but not really hurt, I traversed over to Falling Rock Canyon and continued to the summit. Then kept going to Ontario, Bighorn, Cucamonga, and Etiwanda.
Posted Dec 7, 2009 3:14 pm

spapagiannisRe: Falling Rock Canyon


A friend and I had this exact same issue (turned off too soon, wrong access point), though we bolted upward and got very lucky. Glad to know we weren't the only ones to goof this up! That chute there has quite some rotten rock, I'll agree there. I'm guessing after what we ended up doing, ascending FRC 'proper' probably would have been a breeze.
Posted Sep 29, 2014 2:27 am

mdoughertyFalling Rock Canyon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2009


Went up Falling Rock Canyon then continued on to Ontario and Bighorn Peaks and down Icehouse Canyon with a Sierra Club group. Nice day, but no views due to fog.
Posted Jun 7, 2009 11:57 pm

birdheadFalling Rock Canyon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2009


An unexpectedly cool route! This is a good route to practice on for steep talus, as parts of it seem more like a Sierra mountain than a typical mountain in the San Gabriels. I saw two bighorn sheep up at the saddle between Sugarloaf and Ontario.
Posted Jun 7, 2009 10:23 pm

mdostbyFRC  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 25, 2008


Very fun route. Took a side trip up the first scree slope on the left to the ridge between Fir Draw and FRC. Nice views up Ice House Canyon. Came back down and continued up the canyon to the saddle between Sugarloaf and Ontario then on up to the summit. 3 hrs car to car.
Posted Nov 25, 2008 2:56 pm

Zewith SoCalHiker  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 11, 2008


he wanted to do it, so I organized it with a group that ballooned to 10 (too many), but still we were successful in avoiding any injuries, although I did manage to take a rock in the forearm. FRC is a lot of fun.
Posted Oct 20, 2008 10:40 pm

SoCalHikerFalling Rock Canyon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 11, 2008


Went up Falling Rock Canyon and the first scree slope west to the peak immediately east of Sugarloaf summit. Continued further on the ridge to Ontario Peak. Climbed Bighorn on the standard trail and descended from the summit directly to Icehouse saddle. Great hike with a lot of up and down steep scree slopes.
Posted Oct 13, 2008 11:21 am

TripoliRickOne of my favorite ways to Ontario


After seeing it many times driving up the road we took some climbing gear and scoured its slopes for climbing potential. If it were in my backyard that would be cool but there is better stuff in SoCal. There are 3 or 4 short falls that ice up on good years for some limited ice climbing in Falling Rock canyon. After coming down Sugarloaf one winter my friend slipped and after a hundred feet of so his axe stopped him five feet above the largest falls. We got back to the car after a surprise storm had covered the roads with ice and would strand something like 2 or 3 THOUSAND people in their cars for the night.
Posted Jun 30, 2008 10:27 pm

HeyItsBenFalling Rock Canyon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 19, 2008


Deep snow and ice-covered rocks in FRC, nice snow conditions on the North Slope. A fun route done in a short day.
Posted Jan 22, 2008 3:03 am

Janellmiss you guys  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2007


That was a fun peak to stand on, i love lookin at it from the road! falling rock route was awesome, thanks for the last hike before leaving, miss you guys!
Posted Aug 8, 2007 1:19 pm

theronmoon5th time  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2007


A great trip up Falling Rock with one of my great friends. Hope she has fun in Yosemite.
Posted Jun 21, 2007 4:17 pm

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