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The Grotto is one of the most alien places I've ever seen (alongside Joshua Tree)! You're in a 30-foot deep pit, surrounded by climbing. The main wall is columnar basalt until it gets to the surrounding ground level, then becomes more featured and very overhung above ground.The area is also a lot cooler due to its location, and doesn't see much sun. The lower part of the wall has mainly trad climbs, though a few bolted routes like the classic AC Devil Dog are present too. The upper wall is all sport and is mostly very difficult. It can only be reached by climbing the lower routes first.
Approach time: 20 - 25 minutes.
From the Welcome Wall, simply continue left another 2 minutes on the trail. You'll go down a steep trail between some rocks, and you will see the columnar Grotto in front of you on the right, the Ort Wall on the left, and The Cave Routes ahead and left.
Weather station 4.1 miles from here
19 Total Routes
['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
Browse More Classics in The Grotto
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Grotto:
Bandito 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'
Granted 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 40'
Rawhide 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'
Snake Bite 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'
Squealer 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 120'
Featured Route For The Grotto
Snake Bite 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c CA
: Central Sierra
: ... : The Grotto
About 4 colums left of AC Devil Dog, there is a thin crack that goes over a small roof. This is Snake Bite. The climbing starts as 5.8 stemming then pulls the small roof (5.10-) then the crux section pulls a very thin crack for about 10 feet until larger holds present themselves....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
By Simon Hatfield
From: Oakland, CA
Sep 23, 2011
Although the climbing is excellent, it is worth noting that the grotto reeks of (rodent? bat?) excrement, and is mobbed on weekends.
By Justin Johnsen
From: Sacramento, CA
Aug 27, 2013
Grotto routes sorted left to right (Columns and Upper Headwall)
Prime Directive 5.10c R
Hole in the Wall 5.10a
Three Fingered Jack 5.10b
Snake Bite 5.11b
Gyro Gearloose 5.10c
Men's Crisis Center 5.12a
Table Manners - Left 5.11a
Table Manners 5.8
AC Devil Dog 5.10d
To Pin or Not To Be
Go with the Flow 5.9
Flight Simulator 5.12b
Journey to Find the Sun 5.12a
Chicken Ranch Bingo 5.10b
The Cave routes sorted left to right:
Grotto Monkey 5.12a
Dwarf Toss 5.11d
By Marcus D
From: San Francisco, California
Apr 11, 2014
the dude with the tie-dye shirt that climbed the grotto a couple weekends ago, you were looking for someone to get you into trad climbing, (530) 945-6577 Marcus