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Old Training Ground Meets Locals' Playground

While not generally thought of as a destination area for rock climbing, the pure number of visitors that head to the bay area for other purposes make this a great location for a quick day on the rock in between other commitments.
Berkeley, Castle Rock and Sonoma will hold your attention for a great day of bouldering. Mount Saint Helena or Lover's Leap (in the Tahoe area, but still only about 2 hours drive from most locations), or Table Mountain for a sport or trad experience.
Tahoe area in the summer or fall, to Yosemite for the trad folks, and perhaps all the way out (6-8 hours) to the Eastern Sierra areas like Bishop and Mammoth for a world class alpine, sport, or bouldering experience.
The Bay Area's Areas A few notes for first time visitors on where the rocks are clustered around here.
  • San Francisco is the city itself. Areas to climb here include Beaver Street Wall, Cliff House Boulders and Glen Canyon.
  • The East Bay is across the Bay Bridge from the city, and includes many parks in Berkeley and Oakland. The best climbing is near its eastern boundary, at Mount Diablo State Park.
  • The South Bay and Silicon Valley are south of the city. The most popular climbing areas here are in the Castle Rock Area, in the Santa Cruz Mountains. You can overhear tech employees talking about Google while you belay.
  • The North Bay starts north from the city across the famous Golden Gate Bridge, including Marin and neighboring counties. Climbing areas here include Mickey's Beach, Mount Tam and Ring Mountain.
  • Wine Country refers (Baycentrically) to wild and rural areas further north than the North Bay. This includes Napa, Sonoma and nearby counties, with climbing mostly on the rolling hills of the coast ranges, sometimes right on the scenic coast. Areas here include Mount St. Helena and The Nut Tree Boulders.

  • BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) and connecting systems, or Uber if you're a high roller. Some crags are best reached by car, but keep in mind parking can be pricey in spots, and the bridges often collect tolls.

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    Classic Climbing Routes at San Francisco Bay Area

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
    V1-2 5
     124
    The Spoon
    Boulder
    V4 6B
     112
    The Ramp
    Boulder
    V4 6B
     82
    Hueco Slap
    Boulder
    5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
     90
    Shute-Mills Route
    Sport
    5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
     284
    Amazing Face
    Sport
    5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
     128
    Mullah
    Sport
    5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
     117
    The Great Roof
    TR
    5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
     89
    Silverado Squatters
    Sport
    5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
     124
    The Falls
    Sport
    5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
     82
    Rampage
    Sport
    5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
     80
    Solar Power
    Sport
    5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
     88
    The Ladder
    Sport, TR
    5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13
     72
    Egghead
    Sport
    5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c V3 6A R
     80
    Center Overhang (aka Pitfall)
    TR, Boulder
    5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
     99
    Bolt Route
    Sport
    Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
    The Spoon Castle Rock Area > … > Castle Rock Loop > Spoon
     124
    V1-2 5 Boulder
    The Ramp Berkeley > Mortar Rock
     112
    V4 6B Boulder
    Hueco Slap Castle Rock Area > … > Magoos > Dog Dish Boulders
     82
    V4 6B Boulder
    Shute-Mills Route Wine Country > … > Far Side > Shute-Mills Area
     90
    5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
    Amazing Face Mt Diablo SP > Boy Scout Rocks > Lower Tier
     284
    5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
    Mullah Castle Rock Area > California Ridge
     128
    5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
    The Great Roof Castle Rock Area > Goat Rock
     117
    5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b TR
    Silverado Squatters Wine Country > Mt St Helena > Bear
     89
    5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
    The Falls Castle Rock Area > Waterfall Cliff
     124
    5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R Sport
    Rampage Wine Country > Mt St Helena > Bear
     82
    5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
    Solar Power Wine Country > Mt St Helena > Bubble
     80
    5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
    The Ladder Wine Country > Mt St Helena > Bubble
     88
    5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, TR
    Egghead Mickey's Beach > Egg
     72
    5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13 Sport
    Center Overhang (aka Pitfall) Berkeley > Indian Rock
     80
    5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c V3 6A R TR, Boulder
    Bolt Route Mt Diablo SP > Boy Scout Rocks > Lower Tier
     99
    5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
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