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Welcome to the San Diego County section of MountainProject.com. San Diego County is not exactly a destination climbing area, but the region has several well known and well respected climbing areas. The county has been divided by a north and south sections.

You may search for routes by area, type of climbing, and difficulty by using the area and route links in the left menu or by using the search tool above. This site is what we make of it, so please feel free to add areas, routes, photos, and commentary. Thanks!

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Classic Climbing Routes at San Diego County

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 155
The Ramp
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 89
The Y Crack
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 132
Elsa's Crack
Trad, TR
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 151
As the Crow Flies
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 86
Milkbar
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 75
Craig's Crack
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 83
Meteor
Sport 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 225
Leonids
Sport 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a V0- 4-
 172
Baby Robbins
Trad, Boulder
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 196
Robbins Crack
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 82
Rockwork Orange
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 73
Crucible
Trad, TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 81
Orange Sunshine
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c V1 5
 103
Jaws
Trad, Boulder
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 56
Uncertainty Principle
TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Ramp S San Diego County > Mission Gorge > Lunch Rock
 155
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
The Y Crack N San Diego County > Dixon Lake > Y Crack Area
 89
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Elsa's Crack N San Diego County > Mount Woodson > Poison Oak Boulder Area
 132
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
As the Crow Flies S San Diego County > Mission Gorge > Limbo Area
 151
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Milkbar N San Diego County > Mount Woodson > Milkbar Boulder
 86
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Craig's Crack S San Diego County > Mission Gorge > Limbo Area
 75
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Meteor S San Diego County > … > Wedge > Left Wall
 83
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 4 pitches
Leonids S San Diego County > … > Wedge > Left Wall
 225
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport 3 pitches
Baby Robbins N San Diego County > Mount Woodson > Jaws Boulder Area
 172
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a V0- 4- Trad, Boulder
Robbins Crack N San Diego County > Mount Woodson > Robbins Boulder
 196
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Rockwork Orange N San Diego County > Mount Woodson > Rockwork Orange Boulder
 82
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Crucible N San Diego County > Mount Woodson > Summit Area
 73
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR
Orange Sunshine S San Diego County > Mission Gorge > Middle Earth
 81
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Jaws N San Diego County > Mount Woodson > Jaws Boulder Area
 103
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c V1 5 Trad, Boulder
Uncertainty Principle N San Diego County > Mount Woodson > Uncertainty Principle…
 56
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a TR
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frenchy  
San Diego county has ALOT to offer in California , you have Mt. Woodson , Santee boulders , lakeside boulders, Valley of the moon , Lake Dixon just to list a few with many more from bouldering , top roping, sport and trad climbing . there are a couple really good guide books to send you on your way ... F. Apr 27, 2009
ZachS00
Denver, CO
ZachS00   Denver, CO
i'm thinking about a move to san diego. is there any overhung sport? Apr 29, 2009
Robert Buswold
Northglenn, CO
Robert Buswold   Northglenn, CO
Do yourself a favor and hit El Cajon mountain. I really enjoyed multi-pitch face climbing on this mountain. Jul 29, 2010
dss
dss  
I just booked a trip to S.D. for February 18-24, 2011 and I'd like to do some climbing (limited--my wife's not into it). I see that there are some boulders in the area but I'd also like to do a bit of sport climbing and I'm not crazy enough to free solo. What with luggage limitations, I'll only have room for shoes, chalk, and maybe a harness. Is there a good climbing gym where I might find some people heading out to J-Tree or other crags? We'll be staying on Sail Bay. Thanks. Nov 5, 2010
Hello my name is Lange jeffries and just moved here from Salt lake city. Been climbing 26 years all sorts. Looking for a room to rent in the San dieago area and cool partners. Please Email me at sideshowlange@yahoo.com if anyone can help out. Pass the word not looking for anything fancy. Thanks Mar 24, 2011
Eagle Peak has some really great overhung muti pitch climbing come check it out! Mar 29, 2011
vimeo.com/60501713 Feb 26, 2013
Sdm1568
Ca
Sdm1568   Ca
^^^^ I think Santee is due for another cleanup, does anyone know of one soon? Aug 24, 2014
In response to the above post, we hope to organize Paint Free Santee II later in 2017 when it cools off! We've bought new equipment, and are ready to rock and roll!

In the meantime, there will be a presentation on climbing in The Needles June 29th at 730pm at the Mesa Rim CoWorking Center if you're interested in attending:

facebook.com/events/1068587… Jun 17, 2017

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