Mission Gorge is located in the Mission Trails Regional Park - www.mtrp.org. Routes include traditional, sport, and a few clean aid lines.
From Interstate 8 - Take 8 to the Mission Gorge/Fairmount exit. Turn north onto Mission Gorge Road. Continue down Mission Gorge Road for approximately 4 miles. Look for the large wooden park sign on Mission Gorge Road. Turn left onto Father Junipero Serra Trail. Park along the road prior to the gates, or in the dirt parking lots next to the visitors center. The climbers loop trails are on the right side about 0.4 miles down Father Junipero Serra Trail as marked by kiosks.
159 Total Routes
['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',55],['2 Stars',86],['1 Star',15],['Bomb',0]
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Featured Route For Mission Gorge
Mission Gorge Traverse 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c CA
: San Diego County
: ... : Main Wall
A very unique experience in the heart of Mision Gorge. Traverse along the top of the Main Wall. We did left to right but it probably goes well both ways. Decent hand jams in a horizontal crack that splits the entire main wall. Feet tend to be greasy as usual at the Gorge. Many awkward moves throughout the climb but no real show stoppers. The holds just open up right when you need them. Make sure to protect your second! Only follow this route if you would also feel comfortable leading it....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
Local Information for Mission Gorge
Latest Regional Forum Messages
|By Ladd Raine|
From: Plymouth, NH
Apr 21, 2007
Rock here is so slick, footwork is ultra-important
From: San Diego, CA
Dec 16, 2009
This is my favorite place to climb in San Diego and the only sane option within the county for hot summer months due to the northwest orientation. Show up early and head home when the mid-day sun hits.
Mission Gorge has a high concentration of quality climbs. I can't think of another cragging location in San Diego where you can knock off so many routes in a day. My personal record is 24, each of us leading half the routes. For real though, 10 routes from gate opening at 8am to lunchtime is standard operating procedure.
From: santee, ca
Feb 8, 2012
SDG&E is trying to build a Power Plant next to Sycamore canyon (Santee boulders), and Mission Trails Park. They have filled plans to build it and are moving forward. 11 100 ft smoke stacks spewing death down on to our favorite climbs. Please get informed and get involved.
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meeting every Tuesday at Pinacle peaks steak house 6:30, until they quit.
From: Flagstaff, Arizona
Jul 16, 2014
Went to the gorge to climb today (07/16/2014) and the climbers loop trail is closed because of the recent fire that burned through mission trails. I did not see when they were planning to lift the restriction but for now, nobody is allowed through. Although we did see some people climbing/hiking anyway.
From: San Diego CA
Aug 18, 2014
Went to the gorge on 08/16/14 and only the main wall was open. Limbo area and Middle earth were both closed because of the fires. Everything was super crowded because of this. Get there early on weekends if you don't want to have to wait in line for routes.