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Overview 

For sheer variety of rock and stable weather it is hard to beat California as a climbing destination.

Want soaring granite? Head to Yosemite National Park. Want thousands of sport routes and world class bouldering? Head to the Buttermilks or Owens River Gorge on the East side of the Sierra. Looking for limitless climbing under a warm, desert sun, visit Joshua Tree.

Head West to find the goods.

Climbing Gyms 

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Major Destination Areas 

Yosemite Valley
Classic Yosemite Valley view.
Classic Yosemite Valley view.

Tuolumne Meadows
Tuolumne Meadows area and Tenaya Lake, from Olmste...
Tuolumne Meadows area and Tenaya Lake, from Olmstead Point, Yosemite NP

Joshua Tree National Park
Joel wants to 'Sail Away'!  flickr.com/thedan86
Joel wants to 'Sail Away'!

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Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks
Great photo by Damon Corso of Michael Reardon on t...
Great photo by Damon Corso of Michael Reardon on the Pirate.

Sierra Eastside
Josh Junkermeier, Big Chicken V4, Happy Boulders, ...
Josh Junkermeier, Big Chicken V4, Happy Boulders, Eastern Sierras.

The Needles
Unknown climber hiking the crux.
Unknown climber hiking the crux.

Lover's Leap
Joe L. coming up the wide crack section.    If you...
Joe L. coming up the wide crack section.

If you have a 5" shoulder, you can do it this way.
...The rest of us can't. :-|

July 2009

High Sierra
Palisades from Dusy Basin. From left to right: Mt....
Palisades from Dusy Basin. From left to right: Mt. Agassiz, Mt. Winchell, Thunderbolt Peak, Starlight Peak, North Palisade - July 2007

Climbing Season



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20,779 Total Routes

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for California:
SW Corner   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Ryan Campground : Headstone Rock
Southeast Buttress   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 700'   Cathedral Range : Cathedral Peak
Snake Dike   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R     Trad, 8 pitches, 2000'   Yosemite Valley : Half Dome
Matthes Crest Traverse - South to North   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 2500'   Cathedral Range : Matthes Crest
Corrugation Corner   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   Lover's Leap : Main Wall
Double Cross   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 95'   The Old Woman : The Old Woman - West Face
Sail Away   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Real Hidden Valley : Hidden Tower
Bishops Terrace   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   Yosemite Valley : Church Bowl
Nutcracker   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   Yosemite Valley : Manure Pile Buttress (aka R...
Regular Route   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 12 pitches, 1000'   Tuolumne Meadows : Fairview Dome
Central Pillar of Frenzy   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches   Yosemite Valley : Middle Cathedral Rock
The Nose   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2     Trad, Aid, 31 pitches, 3000'   Yosemite Valley : El Capitan
Salathe Wall   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2     Trad, Aid, 35 pitches, 3500'   Yosemite Valley : El Capitan
Royal Arches   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, 15 pitches   Yosemite Valley : Royal Arches
Sons of Yesterday   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, 6 pitches   Yosemite Valley : Royal Arches
Illusion Dweller   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   The Sentinel : The Sentinel - West Face
East Buttress   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 11 pitches, 1100'   Yosemite Valley : Middle Cathedral Rock
Serenity Crack   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13     Trad, 3 pitches, 350'   Yosemite Valley : Royal Arches
Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Trad, 23 pitches, 2200'   Yosemite Valley : Half Dome
Dawn Wall   5.14+ 9a 35 XI 35 E10 7b     Trad, 32 pitches, 2500'   Yosemite Valley : El Capitan
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Featured Route For California
Austin Archer on the 10a extension of Venom

Venom 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : Solarium
Venom is one of my personal favorites at Owens. It is a short little pitch but it packs a punch. The climbing is very interesting (and at times awkward) and a fun departure from the more common enduro-pumpfest.Begin on the south-facing wall just around the corner from the Sendero Luminoso arete. This is the righthand of two lines that I believe share the same anchor. Climb up the somewhat insecure, right-leaning wide crack to the first clip (a bit spicy) and then begin working up a series of...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Sunset storm, Colorado Desert, Southern California...
Sunset storm, Colorado Desert, Southern California...
A dirtbag meets the squeeze.
A dirtbag meets the squeeze.
Sequoia Forest-Sequoia N.P. Photo by Blitzo.
Sequoia Forest-Sequoia N.P. Photo by Blitzo.
Crazy desert clouds, Death Valley, NP
Crazy desert clouds, Death Valley, NP
Bear Cub-Sequoia National Park. Photo by Blitzo.
Bear Cub-Sequoia National Park. Photo by Blitzo.
Forest-Sequoia N.P. Photo by Blitzo.
Forest-Sequoia N.P. Photo by Blitzo.
Death Valley-Spring. Photo by Blitzo.
Death Valley-Spring. Photo by Blitzo.
Try Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Stout. 10% ABV....
Try Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Stout. 10% ABV....
Titus Canyon, Death Valley
Titus Canyon, Death Valley
Seasonal Mass Snake Migration in Sinks Canyon.  Th...
Seasonal Mass Snake Migration in Sinks Canyon. Th...
Climbing in the Colorado/Sonoran Desert. Photo by ...
Climbing in the Colorado/Sonoran Desert. Photo by ...
Merced River Canyon, below El Portal, CA. Photo by...
Merced River Canyon, below El Portal, CA. Photo by...
Zabriski Point, Death Valley NP.
Zabriski Point, Death Valley NP.
Climber on Loose Lady, 5.10a Joshua Tree National ...
Climber on Loose Lady, 5.10a Joshua Tree National ...
California Poppy-State Flower. Photo by Blitzo.
California Poppy-State Flower. Photo by Blitzo.
The silky Eureka Dunes, Death Valley
The silky Eureka Dunes, Death Valley
Tufa Towers-Mono Lake. Photo by Blitzo.
Tufa Towers-Mono Lake. Photo by Blitzo.
The ghost town, Bodie. Photo by Blitzo.
The ghost town, Bodie. Photo by Blitzo.
Kirkwood Lake area. Photo by Blitzo.
Kirkwood Lake area. Photo by Blitzo.
Joshua Tree
Joshua Tree
Morro Rock-Sequoia National Park. Photo by Blitzo.
Morro Rock-Sequoia National Park. Photo by Blitzo.
Joshua Tree. Photo by Blitzo
Joshua Tree. Photo by Blitzo
Bristlecone Pine-White Mountains. Photo by Blitzo.
Bristlecone Pine-White Mountains. Photo by Blitzo.
High Sierra. Photo by Blitzo.
High Sierra. Photo by Blitzo.

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