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Submitted By: Brian Quiter on Nov 20, 2002


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Dry Creek Sea Crag has climbing on rock very similar to Mickey's Beach. The climbing is different in nature though; there are more crack climbs, the holds tend to be sharper, and there are fewer sustained quality routes.Like Mickey's Beach, the ocean view is spectacular. Unlike Mickey's Beach, you're not likely to see any naked people here... as a matter of fact, you're not likely to see anyone else at all!

Getting There 

To reach Dry Creek Sea Crag, head north on 101 from easentially anywhere in the bay area. Upon reaching the town of Petaluma, take the East Washington exit. Go left and drive west, over the freeway. When Washington intersects highway 116, it turns into Bodega Avenue. Keep on Bodega for about 25 miles, and it will become highway 1 - northbound. Keep on highway 1, through Bodega Bay, and into Jenner. At the intersection of hwy 116 (same highway as in Petaluma, it just winds a LOT) and hwy 1, you have 6.2 miles until you hit the Vista Trail parking lot on your left, park there.Hike out of the parking lot just left of the outhouse, heading north. The trail wonders slightly downhill, goes over an old fence, crosses a dry creek bed (thus the name) and then 30 feet after, splits. Take the left fork of the trail, and proceed straight downhill. The trail will lead to a huge rock against the ocean. The trail cuts sharply left at the base of the rock. Its really steep and sucks to walk down. Instead climb up the rock (easy 3rd class) and walk over the left shoulder of the rock. All the climbing will be to your right once you've reached the other side of the rock.

Climbing Season

For the Sonoma Coast State Park area.

Weather station 4.4 miles from here

9 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Dry Creek Sea Crag

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Dry Creek Sea Crag:
Wide Crack   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Main Rock
Sport Wall Face   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Main Rock
Judge Dredd   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Main Rock
Jury Duty   5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a     Trad, Sport, TR, Chipped, 1 pitch, 60'   Main Rock
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Featured Route For Dry Creek Sea Crag
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing Along the crack on Jury Duty

Jury Duty 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a  CA : San Francisco Bay Area : ... : Main Rock
Jury Duty shares the first 5 bolts with Judge Dredd before continuing straight up to the thin hard pocket crux. Then a short traverse right to the 5.6 crack "Sandbagger" will take you to the top.First Ascent = Jason Campbell / Jim Thornburg. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Rock Climbing Photo: Dry Creek Sea Crag Trail
Dry Creek Sea Crag Trail
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset at Dry Creek Sea Crag
Sunset at Dry Creek Sea Crag
Rock Climbing Photo: View to the South
View to the South

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By Mark K. Howe
Mar 5, 2003
Dry Creek Is named by the USGS topo map, the point just above the crag is the dry creek benchmark
By Anonymous Coward
Apr 7, 2005
the wine country rock book is the book to get for this area.
By mikepdx
From: Hood River, Oregon
Dec 23, 2007
Maybe not the very best climbing but fun and lots of space and isolation on a nice section of the Cali coast.
We happened to hit it on a sunny windless day which was unbelivable for the region.

NOTES: Take water,,,ummmmm extra water.

Take the ripe pineapple out of the haul bag before you let it
free tumble down the scree to the beach. Especially if
you dont bring extra water to rinse everything.

Serious Note:

Keep an egress in mind if the surf is big.

Normally cool to cold and foggy.
By drunkenmaster
From: santa rosa, cali
Nov 11, 2009
maybe not the very best climbing - wtf? - Judge Dredd is the best 5.13 on the Sonoma Coast and one of the best on the entire Pacific Coast of North America.

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