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Areas in California

Central Coast 345 / 499 / 231 / 709 / 0 / 20 / 0 / 0 / 1618
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 3800 / 593 / 409 / 1127 / 0 / 26 / 0 / 0 / 5836
Lake Tahoe 958 / 796 / 323 / 484 / 1 / 8 / 1 / 10 / 2306
Los Angeles Basin 138 / 635 / 206 / 738 / 14 / 7 / 1 / 18 / 1639
Northeast California 223 / 238 / 134 / 60 / 2 / 6 / 0 / 50 / 575
Redwood Coast 94 / 316 / 90 / 111 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 1 / 569
San Bernardino Mountains 463 / 629 / 109 / 194 / 1 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 1360
San Diego County 419 / 280 / 306 / 634 / 0 / 16 / 0 / 0 / 1457
San Francisco Bay Area 153 / 385 / 298 / 641 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1267
San Jacinto Mountains 18 / 11 / 3 / 834 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 863
Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP 139 / 24 / 14 / 70 / 3 / 15 / 1 / 20 / 239
Sierra Eastside 901 / 1497 / 225 / 2152 / 33 / 7 / 25 / 124 / 4658
Sonora Pass Highway (108) 56 / 90 / 6 / 41 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 2 / 185
Southern Sierra 332 / 240 / 65 / 39 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 21 / 615
Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks 475 / 9 / 22 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 26 / 497
Yosemite National Park 1185 / 251 / 101 / 289 / 3 / 94 / 0 / 80 / 1749
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Overview [Suggest Change]

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
 1,054
Southeast Buttress
Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
 792
Snake Dike
Trad 8 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 638
Corrugation Corner
Trad 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 438
Matthes Crest Traverse - South to North
Trad, Alpine
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C1
 265
Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome
Trad, Aid 23 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2
 288
The Nose
Trad, Aid 31 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2
 98
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
 145
Steck-Salathe
Trad 15 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 489
Sons of Yesterday
Trad 6 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
 634
Serenity Crack
Trad 3 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 143
The Vampire
Trad 4 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 169
Positive Vibrations
Trad, Alpine 12 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 117
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 > … > s. Cathedral Range > Cathedral Peak
 1,054
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
Snake Dike Yosemite NP > Yosemite Valley > Half Dome
 792
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R Trad 8 pitches
Corrugation Corner Lake Tahoe > … > Lover's Leap > Main Wall
 638
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Matthes Crest Traverse - So… Yosemite NP > … > s. Cathedral Range > Matthes Crest
 438
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine
Regular Northwest Face of H… Yosemite NP > Yosemite Valley > Half Dome
 265
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C1 Trad, Aid 23 pitches
The Nose Yosemite NP > … > El Capitan > Southwest Face of El Cap
 288
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2 Trad, Aid 31 pitches
Salathe Wall Yosemite NP > … > El Capitan > Southwest Face of El Cap
 98
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
 145
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 15 pitches
Sons of Yesterday Yosemite NP > … > Royal Arches Area > Royal Arches
 489
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 6 pitches
Serenity Crack Yosemite NP > … > Royal Arches Area > Royal Arches
 634
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13 Trad 3 pitches
The Vampire Tahquitz & Suic… > … > (f) W Face Bulg… > Upper Bulge Routes
 143
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 4 pitches
Positive Vibrations High Sierra > 02 - The Sawtoo… > Incredible Hulk
 169
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Alpine 12 pitches
Astroman Yosemite NP > … > Royal Arches Area > Washington Column
 117
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 10 pitches
The North Face Yosemite NP > Lower Merced Ri… > 30 - The Rostrum
 183
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 8 pitches
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