A fine south-facing multi-pitch crag in San Diego county. Corte Madera has a history of both traditional and sport routes. The traditional routes will offer adventure with some en-route bushwhacking. The newer sport routes climb the clean faces of this impressive cliff. The climbs are most easily approached by hiking to the top of the cliff and rappelling to the base.
From San Diego, head out East on I-8. Exit Buckman Springs and head South of the freeway. Right on Corral Canyon road (Morena Stokes Rd on Google). Park 4.9 miles up the road and hike in on a trail to your right (1.5-2 hours). If you have 4WD then continue up the road. Head right onto a dirt road at the first intersection and follow this to within a 1/2 hour of the top of the cliff. I'll have to verify all of this next time I head out there, please check a map.
Please note that there is a voluntary seasonal closure of anything West (Climbers' Left) of the center of the main wall due to nesting raptors. Feb 1 - June 30.
The latest (2006) Kennedy climbing guide is a vast improvement from the older guide for this area. It includes many of the newer sport routes. Currently this is the only printed guide (that I know of) for this area.
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Sunset Streaks 5.10a CA : San Diego County : ... : Main Wall
Beautiful climb! Thanks to Adam Kimmerly for his beta. Here's the pitch breakdown:P1 - climb obvious gully, moving right onto exposed arete to gain the first belay. 60 feet. 5.7P2 - climb past slabs to intermediate ledge, continue up steepening face to large ledge. 80 ft. 5.8P3 - climb over steep bulge to gain the dike seen from below. spectacular climbing. 80 ft. 5.9P4 - leave the large belay ledge and continue climbing the dike to the summit. 100 ft. 5.10aThere is a variation for the P4 which ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA