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Description

Mount Woodson is a San Diego classic with short climbs on great granite. Woodson is made up of hundreds of boulders of all sizes. This area has been known in the past as a bouldering area. However, there are good top rope and lead climbs as well. Woodson has some great practice aid routes to train on. Woodson has a paved road that you can walk up and access the varies climbs as you walk to the antennas at the top of the mountain. Beware if you do not know where you are going you can end up doing a lot of bushwhacking to get to climbs.

Beyond the old classics, a lot of new traffic has brought about some outstanding albeit hard new classics.

For some history, read Bob Van Belles 1989 climbing magazine article.
1986 Woodson Comp. Promotional (Front)
Ron Kauk. First Annual Stone Masters Competition 1986. Photo: M. Stewart

Getting There

Take Hwy 8 to the 67. Go on the 67 for approximately 17 miles. When you get to the Poway Road junction 14 miles from Hwy 8 continue 3 more miles on the 67. You will see Mount Woodson littered with boulders on the left side of the road.There is parking along the 67 near the Forest service fire station.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Mount Woodson

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 156
Poison Oak Crack
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 214
Elsa's Crack
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 119
Milkbar
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 114
Out of Sight
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a V0- 4-
 252
Baby Robbins
Trad, Boulder
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 76
Big Grunt
TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 293
Robbins Crack
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 140
Rockwork Orange
Trad
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 113
Crucible
Trad, TR
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 85
Digit's Delight
Trad, TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 106
The Cave
TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c V1 5
 151
Jaws
Trad, Boulder
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 68
Eric's Face
TR
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 68
Cat Crack
Trad, TR
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 93
Uncertainty Principle
TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Poison Oak Crack Poison Oak Boulder Area
 156
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Elsa's Crack Poison Oak Boulder Area
 214
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Milkbar Milkbar Boulder
 119
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Out of Sight Out of Sight Boulder…
 114
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Baby Robbins Jaws Boulder Area > Jaws Vicinity
 252
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a V0- 4- Trad, Boulder
Big Grunt Poison Oak Boulder Area
 76
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a TR
Robbins Crack Robbins Boulder
 293
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Rockwork Orange Rockwork Orange Boulder
 140
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Crucible Summit Area > Summit Area West
 113
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR
Digit's Delight Cave Area
 85
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, TR
The Cave Cave Area
 106
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c TR
Jaws Jaws Boulder Area > Jaws Vicinity
 151
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c V1 5 Trad, Boulder
Eric's Face Robbins Boulder
 68
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c TR
Cat Crack Rexrodes
 68
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, TR
Uncertainty Principle Uncertainty Principle…
 93
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a TR
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