Central Sierra Rock Climbing
Columbia College student Matt attempts the super c...
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
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
Weather station 9.1 miles from here
171 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',18],['3 Stars',62],['2 Stars',65],['1 Star',24],['Bomb',1]
Classic Climbing Routes in Central Sierra
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Central Sierra:
Featured Route For Central Sierra
Slammer 5.13+ 8b 30 X- 31 E7 7a CA
: Central Sierra
: ... : Jailhouse Rock
This storied route was my nemesis and a labor of love, bringing me back to Jailhouse intermittently for 3 seasons after I moved to Denver in 2009. Originally a decent but not-sought-after 5.13b from the early Jailhouse days until a vital glue-reinforced fin broke off in the early 2000's, Slammer transformed into a notoriously elusive 5.13+ and repelled many a jailhouse hardman for years. Finally, I believe in 2007, during Alex Honnold's blitzkrieg at the House, he unlocked the new crux and calle...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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