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Areas in California

Central Coast 356 / 541 / 248 / 728 / 0 / 20 / 0 / 0 / 1691
High Desert 90 / 716 / 76 / 133 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 4 / 973
High Sierra 305 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 22 / 8 / 13 / 324 / 324
Inland Empire 71 / 224 / 79 / 370 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 722
Joshua Tree National Park 3805 / 596 / 413 / 1130 / 0 / 26 / 0 / 0 / 5847
Lake Tahoe 977 / 819 / 336 / 552 / 1 / 8 / 1 / 24 / 2423
Los Angeles Basin 140 / 644 / 207 / 805 / 14 / 7 / 1 / 18 / 1718
Northeast California 226 / 238 / 135 / 73 / 2 / 6 / 0 / 50 / 592
Redwood Coast 101 / 329 / 97 / 112 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 1 / 589
San Bernardino Mountains 479 / 643 / 114 / 196 / 1 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 1397
San Diego County 424 / 282 / 310 / 648 / 0 / 16 / 0 / 0 / 1479
San Francisco Bay Area 154 / 395 / 301 / 653 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1291
San Jacinto Mountains 19 / 11 / 4 / 861 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 892
Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP 154 / 28 / 17 / 77 / 3 / 15 / 1 / 36 / 265
Sierra Eastside 955 / 1562 / 246 / 2171 / 33 / 7 / 25 / 127 / 4802
Sonora Pass Highway (108) 57 / 90 / 6 / 45 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 2 / 190
Southern Sierra 371 / 257 / 74 / 40 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 120 / 674
Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks 516 / 9 / 31 / 0 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 59 / 540
Yosemite National Park 1222 / 262 / 112 / 296 / 3 / 96 / 0 / 110 / 1807
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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
 1,177
Southeast Buttress
Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
 835
Snake Dike
Trad 8 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 711
Corrugation Corner
Trad 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 480
Matthes Crest Traverse - South to North
Trad, Alpine
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C1
 282
Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome
Trad, Aid 23 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2
 307
The Nose
Trad, Aid 31 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2
 103
Salathe Wall
Trad, Aid 35 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 102
Mithril Dihedral
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 155
Steck-Salathe
Trad 15 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 509
Sons of Yesterday
Trad 6 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
 660
Serenity Crack
Trad 3 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 149
The Vampire
Trad 4 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 191
Positive Vibrations
Trad, Alpine 12 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 122
Astroman
Trad 10 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 193
The North Face
Trad 8 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Southeast Buttress Yosemite NP > … > Cathedral Peak > Southeast Slopes
 1,177
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
Snake Dike Yosemite NP > … > Half Dome > Southwest Face
 835
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R Trad 8 pitches
Corrugation Corner Lake Tahoe > … > Main Formation > Main Wall
 711
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Matthes Crest Traverse - So… Yosemite NP > … > Cathedral Range > Matthes Crest
 480
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine
Regular Northwest Face of H… Yosemite NP > … > Half Dome > Northwest Face
 282
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C1 Trad, Aid 23 pitches
The Nose Yosemite NP > … > El Capitan > Southwest Face
 307
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2 Trad, Aid 31 pitches
Salathe Wall Yosemite NP > … > El Capitan > Southwest Face
 103
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2 Trad, Aid 35 pitches
Mithril Dihedral High Sierra > 14 - Whitney &… > Mt. Russell
 102
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Steck-Salathe Yosemite NP > Yosemite Valley > Sentinel Rock
 155
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 15 pitches
Sons of Yesterday Yosemite NP > … > Royal Arches Area > Royal Arches
 509
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 6 pitches
Serenity Crack Yosemite NP > … > Royal Arches Area > Royal Arches
 660
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13 Trad 3 pitches
The Vampire Tahquitz & Suic… > … > (f) W Face Bulg… > Upper Bulge Routes
 149
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 4 pitches
Positive Vibrations High Sierra > 02 - The Sawtoo… > Incredible Hulk
 191
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Alpine 12 pitches
Astroman Yosemite NP > … > Royal Arches Area > Washington Column
 122
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 10 pitches
The North Face Yosemite NP > … > t. Wawona Rd (h… > Rostrum
 193
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 8 pitches
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