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Carson Creek Trail
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Arnold Rim Trail
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Central Sierra Rock Climbing 


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Description 

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 Domes, 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

189 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',22],['3 Stars',73],['2 Stars',65],['1 Star',27],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',5],['5.8',8],['5.9',15],['5.10',41],['5.11',40],['5.12',37],['5.13',6],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',13],['V2-3',17],['V4-5',4],['V6-7',1],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Central Sierra

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Central Sierra:
Sea of Tranquility   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 5 pitches   Herring Creek Dome : West Face
Table Manners   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
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 Domes : Hammer Dome
Go with the Flow   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Sands of Time   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 11 pitches, 1000'   Calaveras Domes : Calaveras Dome
Three Fingered Jack   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Color Coded Quickdraws   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Table Mountain : Ort Wall
Crystal Planet   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Road 5N06 Area : Second Quarry
War of the Walls   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13     Trad, 9 pitches   Calaveras Domes : Calaveras Dome
AC Devil Dog   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Rawhide   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Squeaks of Gold   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 200'   Calaveras Domes : Hammer Dome
Snake Bite   5.11a/b 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 Domes : 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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Featured Route For Central Sierra
Rock Climbing Photo: Pitch 1 of Sands of Time

Sands of Time 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  CA : Central Sierra : ... : Calaveras Dome
Pitch 1 climbs through some funky wide stuff, 5.8. Has big bolted anchors.Pitch 2 goes through a roof to a bolted ledge. Fun double-crack jamming up higher in the slot and sweet face climbing over the roof characterize this pitch. Pitch 3 ends at a big ledge above.Pitch 4 is a short pitch w/ chimney.Pitch 5 reminded me of an upgraded version of the p3 finger crack on West Crack in Tuolumne. Has bolted anchors at top. One more pitch to the twelve o'clock ledge.Pitch 6 reminded me of various sec...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Central Sierra Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Matt Grieger nears the anchor following one of the...
Matt Grieger nears the anchor following one of the...
Rock Climbing Photo: Columbia College student Matt attempts the super c...
Columbia College student Matt attempts the super c...
Rock Climbing Photo: The 5.8 hand traverse at Purgatory Towers. Too col...
BETA PHOTO: The 5.8 hand traverse at Purgatory Towers. Too col...
Rock Climbing Photo: Heading up DC Angel Cat
Heading up DC Angel Cat
Rock Climbing Photo: Garrett Froelich three quarters of the way up Spar...
Garrett Froelich three quarters of the way up Spar...
Rock Climbing Photo: Luke works through the crux of Chain Gang. Adam Sc...
Luke works through the crux of Chain Gang. Adam Sc...
Rock Climbing Photo: Calaveras Dome.
Calaveras Dome.
Rock Climbing Photo: The next day. Yep, it's 1k' slab on the dome.
The next day. Yep, it's 1k' slab on the dome.
Rock Climbing Photo: Starting the dike pitch.
Starting the dike pitch.
Rock Climbing Photo: Bouldering near the Sierra Conservation Center.
Bouldering near the Sierra Conservation Center.
Rock Climbing Photo: 20 minute crag
20 minute crag
Rock Climbing Photo: Doug Olmstead on the first ascent of "Fused C...
Doug Olmstead on the first ascent of "Fused C...
Rock Climbing Photo: Hidden Dome next to Calaveras Dome, CA. Most of ro...
Hidden Dome next to Calaveras Dome, CA. Most of ro...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Grotto
The Grotto

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By Chris Owen
Administrator
From: Big Bear Lake
May 11, 2016
When someone says "Central Sierra" I must confess I think of the region of the High Sierra between the Palisades and Kearsarge Pass. Is there another name we can give it? Perhaps I'm wrong.
By Justin Johnsen
Administrator
May 11, 2016
Hey Chris, totally agree, I was sort of waffling for a name when I put this one together.

[edit: nevermind, I realized my first idea would break some admin areas]

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