|Cosumnes River Gorge
Nestled into the Western Sierra near the town of Placerville, youwill find this granite gem. Climbing is quite varied, from shortbouldering, sport, and multipitch traditional lines.
Most of the granite in the area has been washed by water overmany mnay years, and now is quite smooth. We're not talkingyosemite glass, so friction routes are still doable.
Boasting several hundred existing routes on many different rocks,there are many many days of climbing for people of all abilities. This is an excellent place to set your first pro, and also agreat place for the development of new routes.
There are no access fees for climbing in Consumnes River Gorge.
Decents are as varied as the climbing.
From Hwy 50, exit on Missouri Flats (Right). Take that a few miles until you find a T-intersection with Pleasant Valley Rd and take that to Bucks Bar. If you are unfamiliar with the area the turnout for parking is just before Buck's Bar Cir., so if you see Bucks Bar Circle road then you just passed the spot.
Once out of the car, head off the right side of the road in the middle of the guard rail. There is a wide trail that is paved for the first few hundred feet. The approach is downhill and takes about 10 minutes.
60 Total Routes
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Grandpappy 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a
: Sacramento Valley/Foothills
: ... : Gutenberger Wall
A runout adventure on a pretty section of stone. Rumor has it that the old 1/4" bolts are to be replaced and some bolts added to make this a nicer route. There were only three bolts on the original 50m crux, so, yes, please do. From the "Grand Central Belay Station" (see Will Cottrell's Rock Climbs of Placerville, CA) proceed up and left across the central crack system to the second belay of Lichen Us. Keep proceeding up and left (5.5 or 5.6, no pro) to the belay at the base of a big bulge. T...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
News and Events For Cosumnes River Gorge
|By Anonymous Coward|
Mar 2, 2005
I've climbed here quite a bit. It's cool for beginners who enjoy toproping, most anchors can be walked up to. If you sport there's only 3 routes a 10a, 10c, and a 9, they're ok but not great. a near by river makes for good swimming in the summer time.
|By Mark P Thomas|
Dec 7, 2012
For those that prefer pretty pictures over reading, here's how to get there: Map
Just drag the "A" icon to where you want to start from.
|By Justin Johnsen|
From: Sacramento, CA
Jan 22, 2013
The guidebook for Cosumnes is "Rock Climbs of Placerville, CA" by William H. Cottrell. I picked my copy up from Granite Arch in Rancho Cordova.
May 20, 2013
This place is a lot of fun, but I wouldn't really recommend camping right around the crag. This weekend there was a large pile of freshly broken glass along the shoulder where everyone parks. No problem during the day but I didn't want to leave my car there over night. Also, there isn't a lot of level ground in the area and you would have to keep a pretty low profile. Definitely some national forest camping within 10 miles or so.