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Areas in California

Central Coast 345 / 500 / 232 / 719 / 0 / 20 / 0 / 0 / 1629
High Desert 90 / 711 / 76 / 133 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 4 / 968
High Sierra 297 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 22 / 8 / 13 / 316 / 316
Inland Empire 70 / 224 / 79 / 370 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 721
Joshua Tree National Park 3804 / 594 / 412 / 1127 / 0 / 26 / 0 / 0 / 5841
Lake Tahoe 961 / 796 / 326 / 523 / 1 / 8 / 1 / 305 / 2352
Los Angeles Basin 138 / 635 / 207 / 776 / 14 / 7 / 1 / 18 / 1678
Northeast California 223 / 238 / 135 / 65 / 2 / 6 / 0 / 50 / 581
Redwood Coast 101 / 329 / 97 / 111 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 1 / 588
San Bernardino Mountains 475 / 634 / 111 / 196 / 1 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 1381
San Diego County 423 / 280 / 309 / 638 / 0 / 16 / 0 / 0 / 1465
San Francisco Bay Area 154 / 394 / 301 / 646 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1284
San Jacinto Mountains 20 / 11 / 4 / 849 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 880
Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP 145 / 24 / 15 / 72 / 3 / 15 / 1 / 33 / 247
Sierra Eastside 940 / 1546 / 245 / 2164 / 33 / 7 / 25 / 125 / 4764
Sonora Pass Highway (108) 56 / 90 / 6 / 45 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 2 / 189
Southern Sierra 349 / 248 / 70 / 39 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 116 / 641
Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks 507 / 9 / 30 / 0 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 54 / 531
Yosemite National Park 1208 / 261 / 110 / 293 / 3 / 95 / 0 / 104 / 1789
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Overview

For sheer variety of rock and stable weather it is hard to beat California as a climbing destination.

Want soaring granite? Head to Yosemite National Park. Want thousands of sport routes and world class bouldering? Head to the Buttermilks or Owens River Gorge on the East side of the Sierra. Looking for limitless climbing under a warm, desert sun, visit Joshua Tree.

Head West to find the goods.

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Classic Climbing Routes at California

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 1,112
Southeast Buttress
Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
 811
Snake Dike
Trad 8 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 673
Corrugation Corner
Trad 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 457
Matthes Crest Traverse - South to North
Trad, Alpine
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C1
 274
Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome
Trad, Aid 23 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2
 295
The Nose
Trad, Aid 31 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2
 101
Salathe Wall
Trad, Aid 35 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 95
Mithril Dihedral
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 148
Steck-Salathe
Trad 15 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 494
Sons of Yesterday
Trad 6 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
 639
Serenity Crack
Trad 3 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 145
The Vampire
Trad 4 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 181
Positive Vibrations
Trad, Alpine 12 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 118
Astroman
Trad 10 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 183
The North Face
Trad 8 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Southeast Buttress Yosemite NP > … > Cathedral Peak > Southeast Slopes
 1,112
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
Snake Dike Yosemite NP > … > Half Dome > Southwest Face
 811
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R Trad 8 pitches
Corrugation Corner Lake Tahoe > … > Main Formation > Main Wall
 673
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Matthes Crest Traverse - So… Yosemite NP > … > Cathedral Range > Matthes Crest
 457
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine
Regular Northwest Face of H… Yosemite NP > … > Half Dome > Northwest Face
 274
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C1 Trad, Aid 23 pitches
The Nose Yosemite NP > … > El Capitan > Southwest Face of El Cap
 295
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2 Trad, Aid 31 pitches
Salathe Wall Yosemite NP > … > El Capitan > Southwest Face of El Cap
 101
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2 Trad, Aid 35 pitches
Mithril Dihedral High Sierra > 14 - Whitney &… > Mt. Russell
 95
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Steck-Salathe Yosemite NP > Yosemite Valley > Sentinel Rock
 148
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 15 pitches
Sons of Yesterday Yosemite NP > … > Royal Arches Area > Royal Arches
 494
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 6 pitches
Serenity Crack Yosemite NP > … > Royal Arches Area > Royal Arches
 639
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13 Trad 3 pitches
The Vampire Tahquitz & Suic… > … > (f) W Face Bulg… > Upper Bulge Routes
 145
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 4 pitches
Positive Vibrations High Sierra > 02 - The Sawtoo… > Incredible Hulk
 181
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Alpine 12 pitches
Astroman Yosemite NP > … > Royal Arches Area > Washington Column
 118
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 10 pitches
The North Face Yosemite NP > … > t. Wawona Rd (h… > Rostrum
 183
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 8 pitches
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