South Cave Rock Climbing
|GPS:||39.244, -120.202 Google Map · Climbing Map|
|Shared By:||Aron Quiter on May 16, 2004|
|Admins:||Aron Quiter, Lurker, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes|
DescriptionThe grand South Cave at Big Chief sits above and right of the South Wall at the Southern end of the main cliff band at Big Chief, and currently offers 3 bolted routes in the .11 - .12a range on very overhung solid rock. Climbs range in height from 30 to 60'
You will find the South Cave in the sun for very little of the day, making it a great place to retreat to on a hot day. The climbing in the South Cave is some of the best at Big Chief, and is definately worth the 10 minute walk over from the more popular northern section of Big Chief.
Getting ThereApproach time: 25 - 40 minutes.
From the parking lot, head down the main path to the west, which consists of a former gravel road that has large trees cast through the center of it at the parking lot to ensure that people can no longer drive to the former lot.
After 3/4 of a mile walking on a gentle dirt road, you will come to the former lot. From here head uphill for about 50 vertical feet on the narrowing trail to a fork. At the fork, you should head right, and this will take you up to the north pass.
From the north pass, hang a left around the rock, and this will take you into the center wall area. Continue past the Center Wall walking along the hillside to the other end of the cliff. The South Wall will appear in a few minutes. Walk past the South Wall uphill and around to the left, where you will see the bolts of the South Cave higher up the hillside.
Classic Climbing Routes at South Cave
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