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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. The county has been divided by a north and south sections.

You may search for routes by area, type of climbing, and difficulty by using the area and route links in the left menu or by using the search tool above. This site is what we make of it, so please feel free to add areas, routes, photos, and commentary. Thanks!

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1,210 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',86],['3 Stars',466],['2 Stars',503],['1 Star',144],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',51],['5.7',67],['5.8',91],['5.9',87],['5.10',247],['5.11',169],['5.12',67],['5.13',3],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',156],['V2-3',217],['V4-5',72],['V6-7',29],['V8-9',13],['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:
Moon as My Witness    V2-3 5+     Boulder   Mount Woodson : Hanging Garden area
The Tower   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 50'   Mission Gorge : Limbo Area
The Ramp   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Mission Gorge : Lunch Rock
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
Sunset Streaks   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 5 pitches, 400'   Corte Madera : Main Wall
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
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: Graham on "Crack"

Crack 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  CA : San Diego County : ... : Lowenbrau Pinnacle
The only info on this route is the Lowenbrau topo, which simply calls it "crack". This is the splitter crack going up the wall on the inside of the cave, about 30 feet left of Right Under.Scramble up a block, set one or two micro-nuts, then crank up the tips crack to a thin hands section followed by twenty feet of beautiful ring-locks.Strangely absent from the climbing guide, this short climb is one of the best pure cracks in the county....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of San Diego County Slideshow Add Photo
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: Desert reflections, Anza Borrego State Park
Desert reflections, Anza Borrego State Park
Rock Climbing Photo: Ocotillo, Anza Borrego State Park
Ocotillo, Anza Borrego State Park
Rock Climbing Photo: Yayerrrr!!!! FA of The Guardian!!!!
Yayerrrr!!!! FA of The Guardian!!!!
Rock Climbing Photo: Projecting The Lost Slab 5.12+!!! Photo by C. Norw...
Projecting The Lost Slab 5.12+!!! Photo by C. Norw...
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: 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: 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
Rock Climbing Photo: Rocks?
Rocks?
Rock Climbing Photo: Bachar at the Magnolia Boulders.  Photo from Lynne...
Bachar at the Magnolia Boulders. Photo from Lynne...
Rock Climbing Photo: Roadside art, Borrego Springs
Roadside art, Borrego Springs
Rock Climbing Photo: Hills near the Carrizo Badlands. Anza Borrego Dese...
Hills near the Carrizo Badlands. Anza Borrego Dese...
Rock Climbing Photo: Dixon Lake
Dixon Lake

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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?

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