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Areas in California

Central Coast 343 / 499 / 226 / 709 / 0 / 20 / 0 / 0 / 1613
High Desert 90 / 710 / 76 / 133 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 4 / 967
High Sierra 289 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 22 / 8 / 13 / 308 / 308
Inland Empire 70 / 224 / 79 / 369 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 720
Joshua Tree National Park 3798 / 592 / 409 / 1125 / 0 / 26 / 0 / 0 / 5831
Lake Tahoe 943 / 787 / 321 / 476 / 1 / 8 / 1 / 10 / 2273
Los Angeles Basin 138 / 639 / 205 / 715 / 14 / 7 / 1 / 18 / 1619
Northeast California 223 / 238 / 134 / 56 / 2 / 6 / 0 / 50 / 571
Redwood Coast 92 / 312 / 90 / 111 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 1 / 563
San Bernardino Mountains 453 / 606 / 105 / 189 / 1 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 1322
San Diego County 412 / 279 / 302 / 628 / 0 / 16 / 0 / 0 / 1441
San Francisco Bay Area 153 / 384 / 296 / 641 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1265
San Jacinto Mountains 16 / 11 / 3 / 814 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 841
Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP 138 / 24 / 14 / 70 / 3 / 15 / 1 / 19 / 238
Sierra Eastside 896 / 1487 / 220 / 2152 / 33 / 8 / 25 / 123 / 4643
Sonora Pass Highway (108) 54 / 88 / 6 / 41 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 2 / 181
Southern Sierra 322 / 234 / 62 / 38 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 20 / 598
Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks 467 / 9 / 18 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 28 / 488
Yosemite National Park 1184 / 251 / 102 / 289 / 3 / 93 / 0 / 80 / 1749
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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
 1,027
Southeast Buttress
Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
 777
Snake Dike
Trad 8 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 624
Corrugation Corner
Trad 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 425
Matthes Crest Traverse - South to North
Trad, Alpine
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C1
 252
Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome
Trad, Aid 23 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2
 279
The Nose
Trad, Aid 31 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2
 95
Salathe Wall
Trad, Aid 35 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 90
Mithril Dihedral
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 142
Steck-Salathe
Trad 15 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 472
Sons of Yesterday
Trad 6 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
 612
Serenity Crack
Trad 3 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 140
The Vampire
Trad 4 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 168
Positive Vibrations
Trad, Alpine 12 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 113
Astroman
Trad 10 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 182
The North Face
Trad 8 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Southeast Buttress Yosemite NP > … > s. Cathedral Range > Cathedral Peak
 1,027
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
Snake Dike Yosemite NP > Yosemite Valley > Half Dome
 777
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R Trad 8 pitches
Corrugation Corner Lake Tahoe > … > Lover's Leap > Main Wall
 624
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Matthes Crest Traverse - So… Yosemite NP > … > s. Cathedral Range > Matthes Crest
 425
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine
Regular Northwest Face of H… Yosemite NP > Yosemite Valley > Half Dome
 252
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C1 Trad, Aid 23 pitches
The Nose Yosemite NP > … > El Capitan > Southwest Face
 279
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2 Trad, Aid 31 pitches
Salathe Wall Yosemite NP > … > El Capitan > Southwest Face
 95
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2 Trad, Aid 35 pitches
Mithril Dihedral High Sierra > 14 - Whitney an… > Mt. Russell
 90
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Steck-Salathe Yosemite NP > Yosemite Valley > Sentinel Rock
 142
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 15 pitches
Sons of Yesterday Yosemite NP > Yosemite Valley > Royal Arches
 472
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 6 pitches
Serenity Crack Yosemite NP > Yosemite Valley > Royal Arches
 612
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13 Trad 3 pitches
The Vampire Tahquitz & Suic… > … > (f) W Face Bulg… > Upper Bulge Routes
 140
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 4 pitches
Positive Vibrations High Sierra > 02 - The Sawtoo… > Incredible Hulk
 168
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Alpine 12 pitches
Astroman Yosemite NP > Yosemite Valley > Washington Column
 113
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 10 pitches
The North Face Yosemite NP > Lower Merced Ri… > 30 - The Rostrum
 182
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 8 pitches
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