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Bay Area Ridge Trail
A mix of dirt track and paved road. Near Fairfield, CA
Rockville Park Loop
The name says it all - Get ready for ROCKVILLE! Near Fairfield, CA
Lagoon Valley Road
A fire road climb to get you to nice views and the singletrack descent. Near Vacaville, CA
Lagoon Valley Singletrack
A fun singletrack descent with great summit views - quick after work workout area. Near Vacaville, CA
Grey Squirrel Trail
Nice singletrack through tree covered hillsides. Near Auburn, CA
North Legacy Way
A fire road connector for many park trails. Near Lincoln, CA
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Sacramento Valley/Foothills  


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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.

Getting There 

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.

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Weather station 0.2 miles from here

350 Total Routes

['4 Stars',23],['3 Stars',120],['2 Stars',147],['1 Star',54],['Bomb',3]
['<=5.6',12],['5.7',10],['5.8',20],['5.9',20],['5.10',37],['5.11',23],['5.12',15],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',49],['V2-3',101],['V4-5',38],['V6-7',18],['V8-9',7],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',1],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Sacramento Valley/Foothills:
Finger to Hand   V1+ 5     Boulder, 1 pitch, 18'   Folsom Lake SRA : Beeks Bight
High Pacific Street Traverse   V2-3 5+     Boulder, 1 pitch, 13'   Deer Creek Park : Pacific Street Wall
Eye of the Bunholder   V3 6A     Boulder, 12'   South Yuba River: 49 Crossi...
The Bulge   V3 6A     Boulder   Woodcrest Boulders : Stonewall Rock
Shogun   V5 6C PG13     Boulder, 1 pitch, 22'   The Bar : Shogun Boulder
Unconquerable   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Cosumnes River Gorge : Buck's Bar Dome
Test Piece   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Cosumnes River Gorge : Buck's Bar Dome
M+M   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   Auburn Cliffs : Scale Wall
Dinkum   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Cosumnes River Gorge : Buck's Bar Dome
Uncomfortably Dumb   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Auburn Cliffs : Horseshoe Canyon
Unknown   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Auburn Cliffs : Scale Wall
Therapy Session   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Auburn Cliffs : The Patio
Let's Roll   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Auburn Cliffs : Twin Towers
Ant Line   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 25'   Mosquito Coast
Roman Holiday   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   Auburn Cliffs : Twin Towers
Destructomatic   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Auburn Cliffs : Wreckage Wall
Release the Lions   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 100'   Auburn Cliffs : Twin Towers
Human Oddity   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Auburn Cliffs : Horseshoe Canyon
Triathlon   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Auburn Cliffs : Wreckage Wall
Bat Karma   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Auburn Cliffs : Horsepoo Canyon
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Photos of Sacramento Valley/Foothills Slideshow Add Photo
Foothill Sunset. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Foothill Sunset.
Photo by Blitzo.
John Vargas belayed by Eric McGee on an area classic "3 Feathers" 5.9. <br />photo: G. Jessurun.
John Vargas belayed by Eric McGee on an area class...
Lots of cool stuff. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Lots of cool stuff.
Photo by Blitzo.
In the oak forest. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
In the oak forest.
Photo by Blitzo.
Digger Pine aka Grey Pine. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Digger Pine aka Grey Pine.
Photo by Blitzo.
Sugar Pine. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Sugar Pine.
Photo by Blitzo.
Digger pine cones. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Digger pine cones.
Photo by Blitzo.
Lakes. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Lakes.
Photo by Blitzo.
Sierra Foothills granite. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Sierra Foothills granite.
Photo by Blitzo.
Lots of poison oak. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Lots of poison oak.
Photo by Blitzo.
Pine Rose leaves. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Pine Rose leaves.
Photo by Blitzo.
Soft Arnica? <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Soft Arnica?
Photo by Blitzo.
Domes. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Domes.
Photo by Blitzo.
Sugar Pine Cone. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Sugar Pine Cone.
Photo by Blitzo.
Large Mountain Monkeyflower. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Large Mountain Monkeyflower.
Photo by Blitzo.
Live Oak? <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Live Oak?
Photo by Blitzo.
Meadows. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Meadows.
Photo by Blitzo.
Live oak bark detail? <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Live oak bark detail?
Photo by Blitzo.
Great stone! <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Great stone!
Photo by Blitzo.
Mistletoe. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Mistletoe.
Photo by Blitzo.
Alpine lilies. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Alpine lilies.
Photo by Blitzo.
Common Yarrow (Achillea Augustissima). <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Common Yarrow (Achillea Augustissima).
Photo by Bl...
Poison oak is nice in late season color. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Poison oak is nice in late season color.
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