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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.

California Regions
California Regions


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

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

flickr.com/thedan86

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

Sierra Eastside
Josh Junkermeier, Big Chicken V4, Happy Boulders, Eastern Sierras.
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.   <br /> <br />If you have a 5" shoulder, you can do it this way.   <br />...The rest of us can't. :-|  <br /> <br />July 2009
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. Agassiz, Mt. Winchell, Thunderbolt Peak, Starlight Peak, North Palisade - July 2007
Palisades from Dusy Basin. From left to right: Mt. Agassiz, Mt. Winchell, Thunderbolt Peak, Starlight Peak, North Palisade - July 2007


18,915 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for California:
Southeast Buttress   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 700'   Tuolumne Meadows : Cathedral Peak
SW Corner   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Ryan Campground : Headstone Rock
Snake Dike   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R     Trad, 8 pitches, 2000'   Yosemite Valley : Half Dome
Corrugation Corner   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   Lover's Leap : Main Wall
Matthes Crest Traverse - South to North   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 2500'   Tuolumne Meadows : Matthes Crest
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...
West Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches   Tuolumne Meadows : Daff Dome, Main Area
Open Book   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 490'   South Face : Open Book Area
Central Pillar of Frenzy   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches   Yosemite Valley : Middle Cathedral Rock
Regular Route   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 12 pitches, 1000'   Tuolumne Meadows : Fairview Dome
Salathe Wall   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2     Trad, Aid, 35 pitches, 3500'   Yosemite Valley : El Capitan
The Nose   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2     Trad, Aid, 31 pitches, 3000'   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
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
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Featured Route For California
onsight attempt

Equinox 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Jerry's Quarry
The line of the route is not hard to spot. It is a unique crack up the vertical west face of the giant boulder which forms the summit of Jerry's Quarry. The start of the crack is thin fingers, and is is covered partially by a huge "ear-like" flake. Mantle onto this, and continue up the thin crack with increasing difficulty. The crux comes at about 25 feet when the footholds vanish and the face overhangs a degree or two past vertical. After this, some nice finger locks replace the desperate finge...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of California Slideshow Add Photo
A dirtbag meets the squeeze.
A dirtbag meets the squeeze.
Sunset storm, Colorado Desert, Southern California. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Sunset storm, Colorado Desert, Southern California...
Bear Cub-Sequoia National Park. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Bear Cub-Sequoia National Park.
Photo by Blitzo.
Sequoia Forest-Sequoia N.P. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Sequoia Forest-Sequoia N.P.
Photo by Blitzo.
Crazy desert clouds, Death Valley, NP
Crazy desert clouds, Death Valley, NP
Forest-Sequoia N.P. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Forest-Sequoia N.P.
Photo by Blitzo.
Death Valley-Spring. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Death Valley-Spring.
Photo by Blitzo.
Try Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Stout. <br />10% ABV. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Try Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Stout.
10% ABV....
Titus Canyon, Death Valley
Titus Canyon, Death Valley
Seasonal Mass Snake Migration in Sinks Canyon.  Thousands of snakes moving in packs of two to nine.  Dangerous and extremely aggressive!  Known to swarm.  Have cut dogs to pieces and disarmed people swinging shovels at them.
Seasonal Mass Snake Migration in Sinks Canyon. Th...
Climbing in the Colorado/Sonoran Desert. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Climbing in the Colorado/Sonoran Desert.
Photo by ...
Zabriski Point, Death Valley NP.
Zabriski Point, Death Valley NP.
Merced River Canyon, below El Portal, CA. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Merced River Canyon, below El Portal, CA.
Photo by...
Climber on Loose Lady, 5.10a Joshua Tree National Park
Climber on Loose Lady, 5.10a Joshua Tree National ...
California Poppy-State Flower. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
California Poppy-State Flower.
Photo by Blitzo.
Tufa Towers-Mono Lake. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Tufa Towers-Mono Lake.
Photo by Blitzo.
The silky Eureka Dunes, Death Valley
The silky Eureka Dunes, Death Valley
The ghost town, Bodie. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
The ghost town, Bodie.
Photo by Blitzo.
Joshua Tree. <br />Photo by Blitzo
Joshua Tree.
Photo by Blitzo
Morro Rock-Sequoia National Park. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Morro Rock-Sequoia National Park.
Photo by Blitzo.
Bristlecone Pine-White Mountains. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Bristlecone Pine-White Mountains.
Photo by Blitzo.
High Sierra. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
High Sierra.
Photo by Blitzo.
Joshua Tree
Joshua Tree
California Regions
BETA PHOTO: California Regions
Boulder-Kings River. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Boulder-Kings River.
Photo by Blitzo.
Echo Lake. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Echo Lake.
Photo by Blitzo.
Devil's Golf Course, Death Valley National Park.  Amazing, treacherous salt flat.
Devil's Golf Course, Death Valley National Park. ...
Granite Mountains, Mojave Preserve.Photo  <br />by Blitzo.
Granite Mountains, Mojave Preserve.Photo
by Blitz...
The "Artist's Palette" formation, Death Valley NP.
The "Artist's Palette" formation, Death Valley NP.
valhalla-kernville,ca theres climbs that start out of the pool
valhalla-kernville,ca theres climbs that start out...
Sunset, Death Valley, NP
Sunset, Death Valley, NP
Buttermilk Road. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Buttermilk Road.
Photo by Blitzo.
Try the new 2010 Sierra Nevada Celebration Fresh Hop Ale. It's a little different than the old Celebration Ale.
Try the new 2010 Sierra Nevada Celebration Fresh H...
Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park
Granite Mountains. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Granite Mountains.
Photo by Blitzo.
Try Torpedo. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Try Torpedo.
Photo by Blitzo.
Kirkwood Lake area. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Kirkwood Lake area.
Photo by Blitzo.
The old Celebration Ale.
The old Celebration Ale.
Joshua Tree
Joshua Tree
Indian Cove Campground, Joshua Tree NP
Indian Cove Campground, Joshua Tree NP
Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park
valhalla- kernville,ca
valhalla- kernville,ca
Enjoying an extremely hot day at Echo Cliffs, CA. Had the opportunity to have the entire crag to ourselves, granted it was 90+ degrees. Ended with an amazing full moon over the mountains. "B-line" is featured.
Enjoying an extremely hot day at Echo Cliffs, CA. ...
Climbing magazine reader photo of the month winner sept 2008 (i think thats when it was).  doing some bouldering at the grandstand, Death Valley NP.
Climbing magazine reader photo of the month winner...
A classic High Sierra dome, photo: Bob Horan.
A classic High Sierra dome, photo: Bob Horan.
Mt. Tom, Bishop area Sierra
Mt. Tom, Bishop area Sierra
Lake Aloha in Desolation Wilderness of the northern Sierra Nevada. No climbing to be had but a beautiful way to pass the day regardless.  <br /> <br />Summer 2012
Lake Aloha in Desolation Wilderness of the norther...
Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park
Because it is there!!!
Because it is there!!!
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