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SR 56 Bike Trail
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San Diego County Rock Climbing 


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Welcome to the San Diego County section of mountainproject.com. San Diego County is not exactly a destination climbing area, but the region has several well known and well respected climbing areas.

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1,183 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',82],['3 Stars',459],['2 Stars',494],['1 Star',137],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',51],['5.7',67],['5.8',90],['5.9',84],['5.10',246],['5.11',169],['5.12',67],['5.13',3],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',153],['V2-3',208],['V4-5',67],['V6-7',28],['V8-9',11],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',6],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in San Diego County

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for San Diego County:
The Ramp   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Mission Gorge : Lunch Rock
The Tower   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 50'   Mission Gorge : Limbo Area
Meteor   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 4 pitches, 400'   El Cajon Mountain : Left Wall
Suzie's Wild Ride   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Mission Gorge : Main Wall
Leonids   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 3 pitches, 350'   El Cajon Mountain : Left Wall
Baby Robbins   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a V0- 4-     Trad, Boulder, 1 pitch, 15'   Mount Woodson : Jaws Boulder Area
Rockwork Orange   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 25'   Mount Woodson : Rockwork Orange Boulder
Yoav Crack 1   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 30'   Mount Woodson : The Yoav Cracks
Robbins Crack   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 35'   Mount Woodson : Robbins Boulder
Sunset Streaks   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 5 pitches, 400'   Corte Madera : Main Wall
South Buttress   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   Corte Madera : Main Wall
Crucible   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, TR, 25'   Mount Woodson : The Summit Area
Triton Tower   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 3 pitches, 360'   El Cajon Mountain : Left Wall
Jaws   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c V1 5     Trad, Boulder, 1 pitch, 15'   Mount Woodson : Jaws Boulder Area
Cat Crack   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, TR, 45'   Mount Woodson : Rexrodes
Tears of Envy   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 100'   El Cajon Mountain : Center/Headwall
Uncertainty Principle   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     TR, 35'   Mount Woodson : Uncertainty Principle Area
Mother Superior   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, TR, 22'   Mount Woodson : Mother Superior Boulder
The Commander   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 5 pitches, 450'   El Cajon Mountain : Center/Headwall
Pockets of Resistance   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   El Cajon Mountain : Center/Headwall
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Featured Route For San Diego County
Rock Climbing Photo: Climber (right) working his way up the route.

Shortest Straw 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  CA : San Diego County : ... : Headbanger Wall
A fine climb with great movement up solid rock. No stopper cruxes, just continually difficult climbing requiring body position, balance, and crimper strength in various amounts throughout the route....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of San Diego County Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Roland Wagner on Stairway to Heaven
Roland Wagner on Stairway to Heaven
Rock Climbing Photo: San Diego!
San Diego!
Rock Climbing Photo: FA? Border of SD and one of those other Counties!!...
FA? Border of SD and one of those other Counties!!...
Rock Climbing Photo: Chris Norwood on the FA of the Mega Chimney!!! Pho...
Chris Norwood on the FA of the Mega Chimney!!! Pho...
Rock Climbing Photo: Ocotillo, Anza Borrego State Park
Ocotillo, Anza Borrego State Park
Rock Climbing Photo: Desert reflections, Anza Borrego State Park
Desert reflections, Anza Borrego State Park
Rock Climbing Photo: Yayerrrr!!!! FA of The Guardian!!!!
Yayerrrr!!!! FA of The Guardian!!!!
Rock Climbing Photo: Where else but San Diego?  My friend Kelly Kropko ...
Where else but San Diego? My friend Kelly Kropko ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Corte Madera from the approach trail, San Diego Co...
Corte Madera from the approach trail, San Diego Co...
Rock Climbing Photo: Bodhisattva ArĂȘte!
Bodhisattva ArĂȘte!
Rock Climbing Photo: The Z Crack at Easter Island. Photo by Dave Vaugha...
The Z Crack at Easter Island. Photo by Dave Vaugha...
Rock Climbing Photo: Unknown 5.12 roof!
Unknown 5.12 roof!
Rock Climbing Photo: Mt. Woodson
Mt. Woodson
Rock Climbing Photo: Where else but San Diego?  My friend Kelly Kropko ...
Where else but San Diego? My friend Kelly Kropko ...
Rock Climbing Photo: SD has some of the most unusually weathered granit...
SD has some of the most unusually weathered granit...
Rock Climbing Photo: Das crew on one of our many adventures!! This is t...
Das crew on one of our many adventures!! This is t...
Rock Climbing Photo: Bachar at the Magnolia Boulders.  Photo from Lynne...
Bachar at the Magnolia Boulders. Photo from Lynne...
Rock Climbing Photo: Rocks?
Rocks?
Rock Climbing Photo: Dixon Lake
Dixon Lake
Rock Climbing Photo: Roadside art, Borrego Springs
Roadside art, Borrego Springs
Rock Climbing Photo: Borrego Springs from S22, Anza Borrego State Park
Borrego Springs from S22, Anza Borrego State Park
Rock Climbing Photo: Visitor Center door & handle, Anza Borrego SP
Visitor Center door & handle, Anza Borrego SP
Rock Climbing Photo: Dave at Easter Island. '87
Dave at Easter Island. '87
Rock Climbing Photo: Eagle Peak, San Diego County
Eagle Peak, San Diego County

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By frenchy
Apr 27, 2009
San Diego county has ALOT to offer in California , you have Mt. Woodson , Santee boulders , lakeside boulders, Valley of the moon , Lake Dixon just to list a few with many more from bouldering , top roping, sport and trad climbing . there are a couple really good guide books to send you on your way ... F.
By ZachS00
From: Denver, CO
Apr 29, 2009
i'm thinking about a move to san diego. is there any overhung sport?
By Robert Buswold
From: Longmont, CO
Jul 29, 2010
Do yourself a favor and hit El Cajon mountain. I really enjoyed multi-pitch face climbing on this mountain.
By dss
Nov 5, 2010
I just booked a trip to S.D. for February 18-24, 2011 and I'd like to do some climbing (limited--my wife's not into it). I see that there are some boulders in the area but I'd also like to do a bit of sport climbing and I'm not crazy enough to free solo. What with luggage limitations, I'll only have room for shoes, chalk, and maybe a harness. Is there a good climbing gym where I might find some people heading out to J-Tree or other crags? We'll be staying on Sail Bay. Thanks.
By lange jeffries
Mar 24, 2011
Hello my name is Lange jeffries and just moved here from Salt lake city. Been climbing 26 years all sorts. Looking for a room to rent in the San dieago area and cool partners. Please Email me at sideshowlange@yahoo.com if anyone can help out. Pass the word not looking for anything fancy. Thanks
By Localclimber
Mar 29, 2011
Eagle Peak has some really great overhung muti pitch climbing come check it out!
By Adam Stackhouse
Administrator
Feb 26, 2013
By Sdm1568
From: Ca
Aug 24, 2014
^^^^ I think Santee is due for another cleanup, does anyone know of one soon?
By dave wave
Oct 13, 2014
My house is for rent in Vista.

I have a big pepper tree with a campus board on it, spot to mount hangboard, and an 16ft tall adjustable crack...and some eyelets to put up a bachar ladder.

sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/ap...

Cheers,

Dave
By Aaron Quest
Jun 28, 2015
Help needed to define/share boulder area, located in otay. what to do?, not an expert defining rates/grades. thanks!, Aaron

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