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Areas in California

Central Coast 330 / 499 / 222 / 710 / 0 / 19 / 0 / 0 / 1601
High Desert 89 / 706 / 74 / 133 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 4 / 964
High Sierra 287 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 21 / 8 / 12 / 306 / 306
Inland Empire 70 / 224 / 79 / 369 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 720
Joshua Tree National Park 3797 / 592 / 406 / 1121 / 0 / 26 / 0 / 0 / 5826
Lake Tahoe 935 / 776 / 318 / 441 / 1 / 8 / 1 / 10 / 2219
Los Angeles Basin 138 / 637 / 213 / 758 / 14 / 7 / 1 / 18 / 1660
Northeast California 231 / 245 / 134 / 70 / 2 / 6 / 0 / 49 / 597
Redwood Coast 88 / 311 / 89 / 111 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 1 / 557
San Bernardino Mountains 453 / 605 / 105 / 189 / 1 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 1321
San Diego County 402 / 276 / 296 / 619 / 0 / 15 / 0 / 0 / 1419
San Francisco Bay Area 153 / 376 / 283 / 622 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1223
San Jacinto Mountains 16 / 11 / 3 / 811 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 838
Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP 139 / 24 / 14 / 66 / 3 / 15 / 1 / 20 / 235
Sierra Eastside 887 / 1474 / 211 / 2148 / 33 / 7 / 25 / 119 / 4609
Sonora Pass Highway (108) 54 / 87 / 6 / 47 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 2 / 186
Southern Sierra 316 / 233 / 62 / 38 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 20 / 591
Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks 466 / 9 / 16 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 28 / 485
Yosemite National Park 1180 / 251 / 102 / 284 / 3 / 92 / 0 / 80 / 1740
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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
 1,021
Southeast Buttress
Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
 764
Snake Dike
Trad 8 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 616
Corrugation Corner
Trad 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 424
Matthes Crest Traverse - South to North
Trad, Alpine
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C1
 250
Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome
Trad, Aid 23 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2
 271
The Nose
Trad, Aid 31 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2
 94
Salathe Wall
Trad, Aid 35 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 89
Mithril Dihedral
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 137
Steck-Salathe
Trad 15 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 458
Sons of Yesterday
Trad 6 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
 600
Serenity Crack
Trad 3 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 135
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
 110
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 > … > Cathedral Range > Cathedral Peak
 1,021
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
Snake Dike Yosemite NP > Yosemite Valley > Half Dome
 764
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R Trad 8 pitches
Corrugation Corner Lake Tahoe > … > Lover's Leap > Main Wall
 616
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Matthes Crest Traverse - So… Yosemite NP > … > Cathedral Range > Matthes Crest
 424
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine
Regular Northwest Face of H… Yosemite NP > Yosemite Valley > Half Dome
 250
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C1 Trad, Aid 23 pitches
The Nose Yosemite NP > … > El Capitan > Southwest Face
 271
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2 Trad, Aid 31 pitches
Salathe Wall Yosemite NP > … > El Capitan > Southwest Face
 94
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2 Trad, Aid 35 pitches
Mithril Dihedral High Sierra > 14 - Whitney an… > Mt. Russell
 89
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Steck-Salathe Yosemite NP > Yosemite Valley > Sentinel Rock
 137
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 15 pitches
Sons of Yesterday Yosemite NP > Yosemite Valley > Royal Arches
 458
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 6 pitches
Serenity Crack Yosemite NP > Yosemite Valley > Royal Arches
 600
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13 Trad 3 pitches
The Vampire Tahquitz & Suic… > … > (f) W Face Bulg… > Upper Bulge Routes
 135
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
 110
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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