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Fleming meadows to Jenkinson lake via Upper Skid trail
A great ride combining two good trails with a fun, technical downhill. Near Pollock Pines, California
Jenkinson Lake aka Sly Park
A great beginner trail with great views. It stays cool during hot summer months Near Placerville, California
Fleming Meadow Loop
Nothing but fun after the burn. Near Placerville, California
Glory Hole Loop Ride
A very scenic and fast ride along New Melones Lake Near Angels Camp, California
Frontier Trail
Rolling singletrack along an access road. Near Angels Camp, California
Carson Creek Trail
A rolling singletrack loop along New Melones Lake. Near Angels Camp, California
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Central Sierra Rock Climbing 

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Hammock Bivi on Calaveras Dome. Photo by Blitzo.


Between the populous climbing destinations of Yosemite and the Tahoe area lies a more obscure section of the Sierra Nevada. It includes better known areas such as Table Mountain and the Calaveras Dome Area, as well as seldom visited or climbed mountain rock. Like all regions the span the breadth of the Sierra Nevada, it can be climbed in all seasons by moving to a currently comfortable elevation.

Much of this region falls within the boundaries of the Stanislaus National Forest, including some overlapping wilderness areas at its borders.

The last major towns you'll pass on the west side of this region are where the three highways leave highway 49 in the Gold Country: Jackson (for highway 88 climbing areas), Angels Camp (for highway 4), and Sonora (for highway 108). All three are historic and thrive on tourism. You'll find food, gas, and at least basic outdoor supplies at all three. Sonora has at least one outfitter selling climbing gear.

Sonora Pass' Highway 108 has its own dedicated hard copy guide book, and a website to supplement that.

The Carson Pass areas major climbing spots are kindly documented by Tim at the Climb Highway 88 website.

Getting There 

The three main trans-Sierra highways of Carson Pass (highway 88), Ebbetts Pass (highway 4) and Sonora Pass (highway 108) are used to reach these areas by visitors.

All three of these state highways close during the winter, in response to current conditions. See the Cal Trans website for these.
State Road 4 conditions.
State Road 88 conditions.
State Road 108 conditions.

Climbing Season

Weather station 9.1 miles from here

149 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',17],['3 Stars',55],['2 Stars',57],['1 Star',18],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Central Sierra

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Central Sierra:
Bandito   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Gemini Cracks   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches   Calaveras Dome Area : Hammer Dome
Table Manners   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Sands of Time   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 11 pitches, 1000'   Calaveras Dome Area : Calaveras Dome
Go with the Flow   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Chicken Ranch Bingo   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Color Coded Quickdraws   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Table Mountain : Ort Wall
Three Fingered Jack   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
War of the Walls   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 9 pitches   Calaveras Dome Area : Calaveras Dome
Crystal Planet   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Second Quarry Area (5N06 tu... : Second Quarry
Rawhide   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
AC Devil Dog   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Squeaks of Gold   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 200'   Calaveras Dome Area : Hammer Dome
Snake Bite   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Silk Road (High Times)   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13     Trad, 14 pitches, 1000'   Calaveras Dome Area : Calaveras Dome
Squealer   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Men's Crisis Center   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Iron Junkie   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 90'   Sonora Pass Highway (108) : Jailhouse Rock
Soap on a Rope   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Sonora Pass Highway (108) : Jailhouse Rock
Fugitive   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Sonora Pass Highway (108) : Jailhouse Rock
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