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Culp Valley Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 3,000'
Location: 33.2162, -116.4596 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

Seemingly endless granite bouldering in a beautiful desert setting.

Getting There 

Just off the S-22 road, in between Borrego Springs and Ranchita. 3.7 miles east of Ranchita, where the highway makes a large S-curve. Established climbing both north and south of the road.

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.1 miles from here

124 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',37],['2 Stars',58],['1 Star',23],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',3],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',30],['V2-3',61],['V4-5',15],['V6-7',11],['V8-9',4],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',2],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Culp Valley

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Culp Valley:
unnamed v0   V0 4     Boulder, 14'   Vector Crack Area : Vector Boulder
Chocoholic   V0 4     Boulder, 20'   Cottonwood Camp : Chocolate Boulder
Salad Days   V0 4     Boulder   Vector Crack Area : Vector Boulder
Vector Crack   V0 4     Boulder, 15'   Vector Crack Area : Vector Boulder
Gutenobbin   V0-1 4+     Boulder   Vector Crack Area : Plate Techtonics Boulder
Crying Dolphin   V1 5     Boulder, 16'   Cottonwood Camp : Crying Dolphin Boulder
Bluefoot   V2 5+     Boulder, 14'   Cottonwood Camp : Crying Dolphin Boulder
Slaphappy   V2 5+     Boulder   Cottonwood Camp : Flake Boulder
Unnamed Slab   V3 6A     Boulder, 14'   Cottonwood Camp : Chocolate Boulder
Black Dot   V3 6A     Boulder, 12'   Windy Boulders Central : Black Dot Boulder
Coco Crispies   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   Cottonwood Camp : Chocolate Boulder
Godiva   V3 6A     Boulder, 16'   Cottonwood Camp : Chocolate Boulder
Friction Test   V3-4 6A+     Boulder   Cottonwood Area : Friction Test
Throw Up, Left   V4 6B     Boulder, 10'   Windy Boulders South : "C" Boulder
Throw Up   V4 6B     Boulder   Windy Boulders South : "C" Boulder
Culpability   V4 6B     Boulder, 10'   Windy Boulders North : Blender Boulder
Kris Special   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   Wolf Area : Kris Boulder
Spandex   V6 7A     Boulder, 12'   Windy Boulders South : "B" Boulder
The First Black Robot   V6-7 7A+     Boulder, 15'   Vector Crack Area : Vector Boulder
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Featured Route For Culp Valley
Rock Climbing Photo: The Professor. Photo: Nick Franco

The Professor V3 6A  CA : San Diego County : ... : Gilligan's Island
Pull onto a dark brown slab via small crimpers, then follow small flakes to a high finish on the south face....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Culp Valley Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Desert ambiance.
Desert ambiance.
Rock Climbing Photo: Culp Valley, Anza Borrego State Park.
Culp Valley, Anza Borrego State Park.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down onto the Cottonwood Area, Culp Valley
Looking down onto the Cottonwood Area, Culp Valley
Rock Climbing Photo: Rough map of the Culp Valley bouldering areas
BETA PHOTO: Rough map of the Culp Valley bouldering areas
Rock Climbing Photo: Bryan on Throw Up (V4), Culp Valley
Bryan on Throw Up (V4), Culp Valley
Rock Climbing Photo: Snow at Culp Valley, Anza Borrego SP.
Snow at Culp Valley, Anza Borrego SP.
Rock Climbing Photo: New sign on the way in to Culp.
New sign on the way in to Culp.
Rock Climbing Photo: Bouldering at Culp Valley, Anza Borrego SP
Bouldering at Culp Valley, Anza Borrego SP
Rock Climbing Photo: Visions of impalement, Culp Valley
Visions of impalement, Culp Valley
Rock Climbing Photo: Bouldering at Windy Point, Culp Valley
Bouldering at Windy Point, Culp Valley
Rock Climbing Photo: Nolina at Culp Valley, Anza Borrego SP
Nolina at Culp Valley, Anza Borrego SP
Rock Climbing Photo: FA of "Black Dot" boulder circa late 198...
FA of "Black Dot" boulder circa late 198...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking southwest from Culp Valley with the Salton...
Looking southwest from Culp Valley with the Salton...
Rock Climbing Photo: At least the fire didn't jump the road.
At least the fire didn't jump the road.
Rock Climbing Photo: Just down the road from Ranchita, San Diego County...
Just down the road from Ranchita, San Diego County...
Rock Climbing Photo: Culp Valley, post Wilson fire, Dec 15, 2012
Culp Valley, post Wilson fire, Dec 15, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: Greased lightning...BITD!
Greased lightning...BITD!
Rock Climbing Photo: Worth a stop on the way to or from CV, Pauma Valle...
Worth a stop on the way to or from CV, Pauma Valle...
Rock Climbing Photo: Sand Verbena (Abronia villosa), Anza Borrego SP.
Sand Verbena (Abronia villosa), Anza Borrego SP.
Rock Climbing Photo: Roof tested, Franco approved. Its not all slab in ...
Roof tested, Franco approved. Its not all slab in ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Boulder just over the shoulder of vector crack. Ca...
Boulder just over the shoulder of vector crack. Ca...
Rock Climbing Photo: Well that about sums it up.
Well that about sums it up.

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By mschlocker
From: San Diego, CA
Apr 26, 2009
I just headed out here yesterday for the first time ever. I'm not much of a boulderer but this area may have changed my mind. Super frictony coarse rock in a great setting. About 1.5 hour drive from San Diego.
By Chris Lansman
Jun 2, 2009
Went this past weekend, boy is getting hot! We had a passing thunderstorm drop rain for about a half an hour to cool things down. The climbing is fantastic, super coarse rock, lots of bumps and knuckles to get your fingers around. The route finding was difficult even with the San Diego climbing guide. I would recommend starting early as it takes a while to find a good set of problems outside of the standouts (vector crack, chocolate..).
By PrrdyLady
Oct 29, 2013
Found in the Super Sandbag Delux area. Not sure if this has been climbed before, but gave it a worthy rating.
By Josh Higgins
Jun 15, 2016
Culp Valley (And Piedras Grandes) are at risk of being closed!

The State of California has proposed a closure of all off-trail travel in all CA State Cultural Preserves and Reserves, and Natural Preserves and Reserves. This closure will affect 100 parks across the country, including about 40,000 acres in Anza Borrego Desert State Park. This includes the climbing areas Culp Valley and Piedras Grandes, both of which are allowed and reported to have no impact according to the nearly 200 page 2012 Anza Borrego Management Plan. Many areas will be closed to recreation that are currently open and used without impact to resources. Any closure should be considered on a case by case basis of our public land, not as a cookie cutter blanket closure by bureaucrats in Sacramento since they don't want to take the time to manage our lands properly. If you'd like more information, including the Allied Climbers of San Diego's protest letter, please follow the link below. There is a public hearing on the issue in San Diego on June 22nd 6pm.

alliedclimbers.org/notice-publ...

Josh Higgins
President, Allied Climbers of San Diego

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