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Areas in California

Central Coast 330 / 500 / 224 / 712 / 0 / 19 / 0 / 0 / 1606
High Desert 83 / 695 / 73 / 133 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 4 / 946
High Sierra 285 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 19 / 8 / 11 / 304 / 304
Inland Empire 70 / 224 / 79 / 369 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 720
Joshua Tree National Park 3779 / 587 / 403 / 1107 / 0 / 26 / 0 / 0 / 5785
Lake Tahoe 930 / 775 / 319 / 437 / 1 / 7 / 1 / 10 / 2210
Los Angeles Basin 138 / 634 / 210 / 742 / 14 / 7 / 1 / 18 / 1641
Northeast California 231 / 246 / 134 / 70 / 2 / 6 / 0 / 49 / 598
Redwood Coast 86 / 309 / 87 / 110 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 1 / 551
San Bernardino Mountains 453 / 605 / 105 / 189 / 1 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 1321
San Diego County 393 / 276 / 294 / 600 / 0 / 15 / 0 / 0 / 1398
San Francisco Bay Area 154 / 371 / 283 / 616 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1213
San Jacinto Mountains 16 / 11 / 3 / 809 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 836
Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP 139 / 24 / 14 / 66 / 3 / 15 / 1 / 20 / 235
Sierra Eastside 863 / 1444 / 210 / 2118 / 33 / 6 / 25 / 118 / 4523
Sonora Pass Highway (108) 54 / 87 / 6 / 47 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 2 / 186
Southern Sierra 310 / 225 / 62 / 44 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 20 / 584
Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks 466 / 9 / 16 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 28 / 485
Yosemite National Park 1169 / 242 / 102 / 284 / 3 / 92 / 0 / 80 / 1720
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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
Southeast Buttress
Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
Snake Dike
Trad 8 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Corrugation Corner
Trad 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Matthes Crest Traverse - South to North
Trad, Alpine
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C1
Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome
Trad, Aid 23 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2
The Nose
Trad, Aid 31 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2
Salathe Wall
Trad, Aid 35 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Mithril Dihedral
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Steck-Salathe
Trad 15 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Sons of Yesterday
Trad 6 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
Serenity Crack
Trad 3 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
The Vampire
Trad 4 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Positive Vibrations
Trad, Alpine 12 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Astroman
Trad 10 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
The North Face
Trad 8 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Southeast Buttress Yosemite NP > … > Cathedral Range > Cathedral Peak
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
Snake Dike Yosemite NP > Yosemite Valley > Half Dome
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R Trad 8 pitches
Corrugation Corner Lake Tahoe > … > Lover's Leap > Main Wall
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Matthes Crest Traverse - So… Yosemite NP > … > Cathedral Range > Matthes Crest
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine
Regular Northwest Face of H… Yosemite NP > Yosemite Valley > Half Dome
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C1 Trad, Aid 23 pitches
The Nose Yosemite NP > … > El Capitan > Southwest Face
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2 Trad, Aid 31 pitches
Salathe Wall Yosemite NP > … > El Capitan > Southwest Face
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2 Trad, Aid 35 pitches
Mithril Dihedral High Sierra > 13 - Whitney and… > Mt. Russell
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Steck-Salathe Yosemite NP > Yosemite Valley > Sentinel Rock
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 15 pitches
Sons of Yesterday Yosemite NP > Yosemite Valley > Royal Arches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 6 pitches
Serenity Crack Yosemite NP > Yosemite Valley > Royal Arches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13 Trad 3 pitches
The Vampire Tahquitz & Suicid… > … > (f) W Face Bulge… > Upper Bulge Routes
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 4 pitches
Positive Vibrations High Sierra > 02 - The Sawtooth… > Incredible Hulk
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Alpine 12 pitches
Astroman Yosemite NP > Yosemite Valley > Washington Column
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 10 pitches
The North Face Yosemite NP > Lower Merced Rive… > 30 - The Rostrum
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 8 pitches
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