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Central Gorge  


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Description 

Definitely the most popular area of the gorge. The Warm Up wall, the Pub, the Social Platform and the Great Wall of China are all here and almost always crowded. These areas feature tons of well traveled 5.8 - 5.11 sport climbs. The climbs highly concentrated so its possible to knock out tons of pitches in a day. There is a toilet located at the base of the approach trail. Please use it.

Getting There 

Park at the Central area and hike down the steep 2nd and 3rd class gully to the dirt road. Be careful not to knock rocks off since the Pub wall is directly below the upper part of the trail.

Climbing Season



Weather station 18.0 miles from here

169 Total Routes

['4 Stars',18],['3 Stars',90],['2 Stars',47],['1 Star',13],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',6],['5.8',8],['5.9',24],['5.10',58],['5.11',46],['5.12',20],['5.13',5],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Central Gorge:
High Seas   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Warm Up Wall
Babushka   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Warm Up Wall
Heart of the Sun   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Great Wall of China
Child of Light   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Great Wall of China
Abitarot   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   Pub Wall
Show Us Your Tits   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Emergency Room
Humbly, Mumbly, Jumbly   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Warm Up Wall
Sendero Luminoso   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R     Sport, 1 pitch, 115'   Solarium
Light Within   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 70'   Pub Wall
Yellow Peril   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 105'   Great Wall of China
Hardly Wallbanger   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Pub Wall
Love Stinks   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 115'   Banana Belt
James Brown   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Negress Wall
Mandarin Orange   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Great Wall of China
Hungover   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Pub Wall
Expressway   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Social Platform
Santana   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 150'   Social Platform
From Chocolate to Morphine   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   Faulty Tower
Darshan (aka Ripoff)   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Social Platform
Crybaby   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Faulty Tower
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Featured Route For Central Gorge
John Howland at the belay.

Santana 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : Social Platform
One of my top five ORG routes. Perfect rock, sustained, intricate climbing and a unique belay, nearly in the river, combine for a memorable sport pitch.From the very right side of the Social Platform, climb down a man-made rock wall, then traverse above the river to a scaffolding where the belay is established. Santana itself passes 8 bolts on immaculate rock with three cruxes: getting to the roof above the 2nd bolt (long way from B2 to B3, may want supplemental yellow Alien or small nut), abo...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Does this qualify as posing? This flagrant biological act at the start of the Central Gully approach serves as a reminder to CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR DOG.
Does this qualify as posing? This flagrant biologi...
Heading down the Central Gorge approach gully, Owens River Gorge.
Heading down the Central Gorge approach gully, Owe...
Warm Up Wall
Warm Up Wall
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A perfect end to the day in December. <br /> <br />[Thank you to whomever did this!!!]
A perfect end to the day in December. [Thank you ...

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From: Sierra East Side
Sep 9, 2010
Descent has been upgraded with incredible stone stairways thanks to some hard working individuals. This speeds the hike up and is much safer. (11.1.12) Some amazing classics lie down in the central. Enterprise, choclate to morphine and expressway just to name a few.