"By Scot, There's A Rock Over There!"
Another fine hidden treasure
within the San Bernadino Mountains, Scot Rock is a wonderful example of what this area has to offer. The "rock" offers a concentration of fine challenging moderates (be sure to check out 'Neil's Not Young Anymore' 5.9+
), with a few of the "Dino's" best advanced routes to boot; namely 'Tipton Arete' .12c
, all on good quality granite. Located about a 20 minute walk from the intersection of Hwy 173 and the 'Rim Of The World' Highway (Hwy 18) at Crest Park Rest Area, Scot Rock offers solitude and a fairly moderate appproach descent/ascent. Most routes located there are no more that 70' in length, with the exception of Tipton Arete and the 4-star moderate 'Highlander' (5.7)
, which both can be completed as a single 60 meter pitch. All routes require a rappel to the base once one has arrived at the top of Scot Rock. Use caution on top, there are a few loose rocks on its "top notch". There is one two bolt anchor with chains that allows access to the base of the western face. Most of the moderates are here. To access 'Highlander' or 'Tipton Arete', use the 2-bolt anchor located on the southwest side of the summit. The best time to climb is from fall through spring, with summer being on the warmer side.
On the plateau and headed to Scot Rock.
You Take The High Road And I'll Take The Low Road......
"...and I'll be at Scot Rock before ye!" Getting to Scot Rock requires a tad bit of route finding but its not too overwheleming. Just these directions, an adventursome heart and you'll be there in no time!
If your coming from Redlands, take Highway 330 to Running Springs. Once at Running Springs, take Hwy 18 to Lake Arrowhead. Follow Hwy 18 to the intersection of Hwy 173. Just past the intersection (approx. 100 yards), is the Crest Park Rest Area on the left. Turn here and park at the end of the lane.
If coming from San Bernadino (via the 215 or 210), take the Hwy 18 exit off of Hwy 210 and follow Hwy 18 up past 'Rim Of The World' High School (left side of the road). Approximately .6 miles past the high school, look for the Crest Park Rest Area on the right. Turn here and park at the end of the lane.
There is a rest room and picnic tables at the end of the lane. Hike on the left side of the small fenced reclaimation area and past the last picnic table to the southwest. There is a faint trail heading down the left side of a dried up drainage and into the woods. Follow this trail to an open clearing (used as a wood choping area), which parallels a residential road (Lilac Ln), with houses on the right side (no trespassing!). Stay along the left side of the clearing until you reach the opposite side (south). Look for a cairn on the left, which marks the re-joining of the trail. The trail from this point is fairly well ducked. Weaved your way down through oaks and manzinita and down to a open plateau. Continue south on this plateau to some rock croppings. [img:402255:alignleft:small:On the plateau and headed to Scot Rock.] Locate a cairn that marks the way to the southwest and down into a steep drainage. The trail at this point follows through a burned chapparal forest and heads to a large rock point. This rock point is the summit of Scot Rock. Locate the rap anchors (just below the summit, on the west and southwest sides). A single rope rappel is all that is needed to reach the base of the west face. Access to the southwest face requires a 2 rope rappel in order to reach Highlander and Tipton Arete. Allow 15 minutes for the descent approach and 20 minutes for the hike back up to the parking area. Bring your own water as there is no water source at the formation, nor is there water at the rest area.
No Trespassin' Lasses And Lads!
Just a word of advice......the road that parallels the trail to the west is a residential road, with properties on both sides. Please DO NOT use the road to hike on or cross over properties near the trial. Please do your part to preserve access to this wonderful formation.