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Southern California’s Big Rock Re-Opens to Climbing

After being closed to climbing for nearly four years, Big Rock at Lake Perris State Park is again 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.

The 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, the organizations hosted an “Adopt a Crag” event to clean up trails prior to the area being reopened to the public.

Over the course of this 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. With this area being closed to climbing for …