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New Rock! New Rock! Come and Get it!
The foothills of the northern Sierra Nevada are a vast and mostly untamed stretch of rocky hillsides. Bouldering is everywhere, and sport is plentiful. Trad routes can be found, but are often undocumented and wild.
Areas in the foothills may not be documented. A lot of climbable rock is found on private property, and also in public areas where local land managers don't believe that climbing is a reputable sport. Auburn State Recreation Area had a rocky history, but the administrators and climbing community are building bridges there.
Weather in the foothills is some of the most varied in California: In the summer temperatures often exceed 100 degrees, yet in the winter you will find snow often as low as 2000 feet. Spring and Fall are often the best times to climb, but keep in mind elevations and recent rainfall and you can find wonderful days in the winter as well.
New rock is always just over the next ridge, and all you need is a little imagination and some forestry maps, and you can find the next climbing area in California.
The Sacramento Valley and northern Sierra foothills are a LARGE area. Ranging from Sonora Pass in the south, it reaches nearly to Chico in the north. Elevations are from 700 feet in the west up to several thousand feet as it rises towards the greater Lake Tahoe area in the east.
350 Total Routes
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