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Greg's Crack T,TR 
John's Crack T,TR 
Manuel's Horror T,TR 
Obsession TR 
Pruneface 
Stairway to Heaven TR 
Starface TR 
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The Cave Area Rock Climbing 


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The Area 

The Cave Area boasts many of Woodson's classics, such as Stairway to Heaven, Bat Flake and the namesake route, The Cave. It is a very popular area of which a large portion of the routes are easily visible/accessible from the road.

Getting There 

This area is quite aways up the road, on the forth switchback past the Poison Oak Boulder Area. One will be heading up and south before this area can be seen on the left. The route The Cave is perennially chalked with lots of features.

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Weather station 2.8 miles from here

17 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',2],['5.9',1],['5.10',4],['5.11',6],['5.12',2],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',2],['V2-3',2],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',1],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Cave Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Cave Area:
The Cave SDS   V2 5+     Boulder, 15'   
Big Horn   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c V0- 4-     Trad, Boulder, 12'   
John's Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 18'   
Manuel's Horror   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, TR, 18'   
Digit's Delight   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, TR, 20'   
Bat Flake   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     TR, 22'   
The Cave   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     TR, 20'   
Starface   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     TR, 30'   
Walking On Air   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     TR, 20'   
Alcoa   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     TR, 17'   
Stairway to Heaven   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     TR, 20'   
Obsession   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b     TR, 18'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Stairway to Heaven (5.12a) is in the middle of thi...

Stairway to Heaven 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  CA : San Diego County : ... : The Cave Area
This east facing route is found via a short trail to the right of The Cave formation and shares the rock with the route Alcoa. This route starts with shallow digits for hands with minimal feet in the center of the main face. It gets bouldered on occasion, but most often is TR'd. Highly Recommended...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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