Tuolumne Meadows area and Tenaya Lake, from Olmste...
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.
Major Destination Areas
Classic Yosemite Valley view.
Joshua Tree National Park
Tuolumne Meadows area and Tenaya Lake, from Olmstead Point, Yosemite NP
Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks
Joel wants to 'Sail Away'!
Great photo by Damon Corso of Michael Reardon on the Pirate.
Josh Junkermeier, Big Chicken V4, Happy Boulders, Eastern Sierras.
Unknown climber hiking the crux.
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. :-|
Palisades from Dusy Basin. From left to right: Mt. Agassiz, Mt. Winchell, Thunderbolt Peak, Starlight Peak, North Palisade - July 2007
Climbing Season For the All Locations area.
Weather station 0.5 miles from here
23,341 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1570],['3 Stars',6995],['2 Stars',8592],['1 Star',5433],['Bomb',225]
Classic Climbing Routes in California
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for California:
Featured Route For California
The Emperor aka Pea Soup 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a CA
: Southern Sierra
: ... : Voodoo Dome
This route was described by Randy Leavitt as, "The best crack at the Needles." Despite this description, the route seems to have fallen into Needles obscurity maybe due to the difficult approach, lack of an updated guidebook, and general difficulty of the climb. However, this route inspires the imagination and those who seek it out will not be disappointed. The Emperor is a pure granite crack climb. As are most Needles routes, it is sustained in nature. The rock is spectacular, the gear is textb...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
Sunset storm, Colorado Desert, Southern California...
A dirtbag meets the squeeze.
Sequoia Forest-Sequoia N.P. Photo by Blitzo.
Bear Cub-Sequoia National Park. Photo by Blitzo.
Crazy desert clouds, Death Valley, NP
Forest-Sequoia N.P. Photo by Blitzo.
Death Valley-Spring. Photo by Blitzo.
Titus Canyon, Death Valley
Merced River Canyon, below El Portal, CA. Photo by...
Seasonal Mass Snake Migration in Sinks Canyon. Th...
Climbing in the Colorado/Sonoran Desert. Photo by ...
Zabriski Point, Death Valley NP.
Try Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Stout. 10% ABV....
Tufa Towers-Mono Lake. Photo by Blitzo.
The silky Eureka Dunes, Death Valley
California Poppy-State Flower. Photo by Blitzo.
Climber on Loose Lady, 5.10a Joshua Tree National ...
The ghost town, Bodie. Photo by Blitzo.
Bristlecone Pine-White Mountains. Photo by Blitzo.
Climbing magazine reader photo of the month winner...
Joshua Tree. Photo by Blitzo
Kirkwood Lake area. Photo by Blitzo.
Moro Rock-Sequoia National Park. Photo by Blitzo.
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