Southern California’s Big Rock Re-Opened to Climbing

After being closed to climbing for nearly 4 years, Big Rock at Lake Perris State Park is now open. Southern California climbers have visited the area since the 1950s, but it was closed to all forms of recreation during the Perris Dam remediation project.

Photo courtesy of © Suzanne Steiner

Access Fund worked with Southern California Mountaineers Association (SCMA) and local climbers to ensure the integrity of the rock feature was maintained during the four-year construction project.

In March, Access Fund and SCMA hosted an Adopt a Crag event to clean up trails prior to the area being reopened to the public. Over the course of the summer and early fall, a dedicated group of volunteers will work with Access Fund, SCMA, and American Safe Climbing Association to replace aging bolts at the historic crag.

Please be aware that this area has been closed to climbing for several years, and the current condition of bolts and rock is unknown. Climb and use bolts at your own risk, and use your best judgment. Bolt replacement is expected to be completed by this fall.

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