Elevation: 1,588 ft
GPS: 37.926, -120.464 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 96,548 total · 439/month
Shared By: Brian Quiter on Jun 22, 2002
Admins: M Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
Access Issue: No new bolts. Respect signs and private property owners near the crags. Details

Description

The Grotto is one of the most alien places I've ever seen (alongside Joshua Tree)! You're in a 30-foot deep pit, surrounded by climbing. The main wall is columnar basalt until it gets to the surrounding ground level, then becomes more featured and very overhung above ground.The area is also a lot cooler due to its location, and doesn't see much sun. The lower part of the wall has mainly trad climbs, though a few bolted routes like the classic AC Devil Dog are present too. The upper wall is all sport and is mostly very difficult. It can only be reached by climbing the lower routes first.

Getting There

Approach time: 20 - 25 minutes.

NOTE - THERE IS NO CAMPING ALLOWED ON SHELL ROAD ANYWHERE. 

Use the "Getting There" description for Welcome Wall, then simply continue left another 2 minutes on the trail. You'll go down a steep trail between some rocks, and you will see the columnar Grotto in front of you on the right, the Ort Wall on the left, and The Cave Routes ahead and left.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Grotto

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 137
Bandito
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 133
Table Manners
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 111
Go with the Flow
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 75
Granted
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 49
Hole in the Wall
Trad
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 46
Chicken Ranch Bingo
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 88
Three Fingered Jack
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 159
AC Devil Dog
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 113
Rawhide
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 29
Table Manners - Left
Trad
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 59
Snake Bite
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 17
To Pin or Not To Be
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 29
Squealer
Trad, Sport
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
 25
Men's Crisis Center
Trad
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 15
Flight Simulator
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Bandito
 137
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Table Manners
 133
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Go with the Flow
 111
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Granted
 75
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Hole in the Wall
 49
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Chicken Ranch Bingo
 46
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Three Fingered Jack
 88
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
AC Devil Dog
 159
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Rawhide
 113
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Table Manners - Left
 29
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Snake Bite
 59
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
To Pin or Not To Be
 17
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Squealer
 29
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, Sport
Men's Crisis Center
 25
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a Trad
Flight Simulator
 15
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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