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Areas in Mission Gorge

Limbo Area 16 / 10 / 14 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 38
Lunch Rock 14 / 7 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 22
Main Wall 28 / 17 / 16 / 2 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 52
Middle Earth 20 / 16 / 16 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 45
Mission Gorge Bouldering 0 / 1 / 2 / 13 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 16
Underworld, The 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Access Issue: Current San Diego County Advisories Details

Description

Mission Gorge is located in the Mission Trails Regional Park - mtrp.org. Routes include traditional, sport, and a few clean aid lines.

Getting There

From Interstate 8 - Take 8 to the Mission Gorge/Fairmount exit. Turn north onto Mission Gorge Road. Continue down Mission Gorge Road for approximately 4 miles. Look for the large wooden park sign on Mission Gorge Road. Turn left onto Father Junipero Serra Trail. 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 about 0.4 miles down Father Junipero Serra Trail as 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
 153
The Ramp
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 179
The Tower
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 109
Turkey Chute
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 63
Skyline Pinnacle
Trad
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 150
As the Crow Flies
Sport
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 74
Skyline Arete
Trad, Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 88
Shadowfax
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 76
Sam I Am
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 107
Crack of Dust
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 75
Craig's Crack
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 170
Mission Control
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 172
Suzie's Wild Ride
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 69
Hangman's Climb
Sport, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 78
Karmic Relief
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 79
Orange Sunshine
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Ramp Lunch Rock
 153
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
The Tower Limbo Area
 179
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Turkey Chute Limbo Area
 109
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Skyline Pinnacle Lunch Rock
 63
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
As the Crow Flies Limbo Area
 150
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Skyline Arete Lunch Rock
 74
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Sport
Shadowfax Middle Earth
 88
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Sam I Am Middle Earth
 76
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Crack of Dust Main Wall
 107
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Craig's Crack Limbo Area
 75
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Mission Control Lunch Rock
 170
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Suzie's Wild Ride Main Wall
 172
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Hangman's Climb Main Wall
 69
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, TR
Karmic Relief Middle Earth
 78
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Orange Sunshine Middle Earth
 79
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
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Ladd    
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
Joe McDonough
Sacramento, CA
Joe McDonough   Sacramento, CA
Is the Gorge open now? Sep 18, 2014
tomrobinson Robinson
San Diego/ Denver
tomrobinson Robinson   San Diego/ Denver
All of the Gorge is now open. Middle Earth, Limbo and the Main Wall Feb 25, 2015
JTLA Tolins
Los Angeles, California
JTLA Tolins   Los Angeles, California
Hey, my girlfriend and I visited the area on December 7 of this year and accidentally left behind a number 5 BD cam in the crack at the bottom of the owl (5.8). If anyone has climbed this climb since then and come across this cam I would be forever indebted to you if I could get it back. Thanks. James (508) 868 5671. Dec 30, 2016
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
Adal Bermann
San Diego, CA
Adal Bermann   San Diego, CA
LOST my wallet, most likely near Mission Control or on the main trail down to the porta potty. If you find it, please PM me: I will compensate you. Apr 25, 2018

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