Elevation: 330 ft
GPS: 32.819, -117.056 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Marc Kajut on Jan 25, 2006
Admins: Marc Kajut, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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Description

Mission Gorge is located in the Mission Trails Regional Park.
Routes include trad, sport, and mixed lines on slick rock.

Getting There

Take Interstate 8 to the Mission Gorge/Fairmount exit. Take Mission Gorge Rd north and east then turn left into Mission Trails Regional Park on Father Juniper Trail Rd. Park along the road prior to the gates, or in the dirt parking lots next to the visitors center. The climbers loop trails are on the right side and are marked by kiosks.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Mission Gorge

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 164
The Ramp
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 197
The Tower
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 123
Turkey Chute
Trad
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 168
As the Crow Flies
Sport
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 76
Skyline Arete
Trad, Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 93
Shadowfax
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 82
Sam I Am
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 114
Crack of Dust
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 83
Craig's Crack
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 181
Mission Control
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 187
Suzie's Wild Ride
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 79
Hangman's Climb
Sport, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 88
Karmic Relief
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 63
Khazaddum
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 91
Orange Sunshine
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Ramp Lunch Rock
 164
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
The Tower Limbo Area
 197
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Turkey Chute Limbo Area
 123
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
As the Crow Flies Limbo Area
 168
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Skyline Arete Lunch Rock
 76
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Sport
Shadowfax Middle Earth
 93
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Sam I Am Middle Earth
 82
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Crack of Dust Main Wall
 114
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Craig's Crack Limbo Area
 83
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Mission Control Lunch Rock
 181
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Suzie's Wild Ride Main Wall
 187
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Hangman's Climb Main Wall
 79
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, TR
Karmic Relief Middle Earth
 88
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Khazaddum Middle Earth
 63
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Orange Sunshine Middle Earth
 91
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
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Ladd Raine    
Rock here is so slick, footwork is ultra-important Apr 21, 2007
mschlocker
San Diego, CA
mschlocker   San Diego, CA
This is my favorite place to climb in San Diego and the only sane option within the county for hot summer months due to the northwest orientation. Show up early and head home when the mid-day sun hits.

Mission Gorge has a high concentration of quality climbs. I can't think of another cragging location in San Diego where you can knock off so many routes in a day. My personal record is 24, each of us leading half the routes. For real though, 10 routes from gate opening at 8am to lunchtime is standard operating procedure. Dec 16, 2009
Lzpup Brewster
santee, ca
Lzpup Brewster   santee, ca
Hello,

SDG&E is trying to build a Power Plant next to Sycamore canyon (Santee boulders), and Mission Trails Park. They have filled plans to build it and are moving forward. 11 100 ft smoke stacks spewing death down on to our favorite climbs. Please get informed and get involved.

santee.patch.com/articles/s… ... ng_comment

meeting every Tuesday at Pinacle peaks steak house 6:30, until they quit. Feb 8, 2012
claudio ricardez
ESCONDIDO
claudio ricardez   ESCONDIDO
files.meetup.com/409936/san…
PDF of (A.M.) Mission Gorge Topo May 17, 2013
PaoloQ
Flagstaff, Arizona
PaoloQ   Flagstaff, Arizona
Went to the gorge to climb today (07/16/2014) and the climbers loop trail is closed because of the recent fire that burned through mission trails. I did not see when they were planning to lift the restriction but for now, nobody is allowed through. Although we did see some people climbing/hiking anyway. Jul 16, 2014
ChadC
San Diego CA
ChadC   San Diego CA
Went to the gorge on 08/16/14 and only the main wall was open. Limbo area and Middle earth were both closed because of the fires. Everything was super crowded because of this. Get there early on weekends if you don't want to have to wait in line for routes. Aug 18, 2014
Tom Robinson
San Diego/ Denver
Tom Robinson   San Diego/ Denver
All of the Gorge is now open. Middle Earth, Limbo and the Main Wall Feb 25, 2015
Jer Om
San Diego, CA
Jer Om   San Diego, CA
Many hikers have been scrambling to areas lately that are supposedly only open to technical climbers so the caretakers have been more vigilant to keep people on trail. My partner and I were scrambling down around a route in order to avoid leaving gear behind and got megaphoned to return to the trail. You will not get in any trouble for scrambling down but consider finding nearby bolts to rap down from in order to lighten their workload (and annoying megaphone announcements.) Jan 18, 2017