Frustration Creek

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About the book

A Climber’s Guide to Frustration Creek describes a collection of areas in the lower San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California. This area feels remote, but is conveniently located only a half hour drive from Riverside. The book has all of the route photos and maps that you need to get you oriented. You’ll find lots of action photos, as well as area and historical information.

Escape the summer heat and the bustling city with a trip to Frustration Creek with this guide as your companion. Even your non-climbing partners will enjoy the area, with Big Bear Lake and other mountain attractions nearby.

And, since you’re looking at this book, you might also be interested in “A Climber’s Guide to Big Bear Lake & Holcomb Valley Pinnacles” by Brandon Copp. Also featuring never-before-published areas, this book is a great companion to Frustration Creek!


Areas included

  • Mill Creek Wash
  • Rocky Hollow
  • Thurman Flats
  • Monkey Face Falls
  • Mountain Home Creek
  • Frustration Creek


About the author

Louie Anderson was one of the first to explore the Frustration Creek area and established many new routes and boulder problems. It took some time to publish this book because things just wouldn’t settle down in the area. Natural events such as flash floods and landslides were constantly changing the canyon. New routes just kept going up. In his words, “at long last, the secrets of the lower San Bernardino Mountain climbing areas are revealed” in this complete, accurate guidebook.

He now lives in Ten Sleep, Wyoming and runs the Ten Sleep Canyon Rock Ranch. Check out his guide to the climbing at Ten Sleep Canyon!


  • Climber’s Guide to Frustration Creek 1st edition
  • 2020 Louie Anderson
  • by Louie Anderson
  • 200 full-color pages