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Areas in Redwood Coast

Arcata Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Carruther's Cove 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Castle Rock 6 / 17 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 22
Caverns, The 1 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Cecilville Bluffs 1 / 12 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 13
Cold Springs 3 / 31 / 25 / 28 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 71
Dos Rios 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Footsteps Rock 2 / 12 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 16
Goat Rocks 0 / 0 / 1 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
High Bluffs 2 / 14 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 19
Houda Point 0 / 0 / 0 / 35 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 35
Land of the Lost 13 / 75 / 8 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 98
Lost Rocks 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Luffenholtz Beach 1 / 8 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11
Marble Caves 5 / 20 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 24
Moonstone Beach 6 / 2 / 17 / 13 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 36
Natural Bridge / High Rock 0 / 15 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 15
Ossagon Rocks 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Patrick's Point State Park 28 / 4 / 24 / 8 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 55
Promontory 2 / 31 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 33
Roost, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
So-So Grotto 4 / 13 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 16
Trinity Alps 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 1 / 1
Trinity Arêtes 9 / 37 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 46
Elevation: 6 ft
GPS: 40.822, -124.113 Google Map · Climbing Map
Shared By: Peter Franzen on Aug 3, 2006
Admins: Rick Shull, Lurker, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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Description

The Redwood Coast encompasses a large geographic area of northwestern California, bounded by I-5 to the east, Highway 36 to the south, the Oregon border to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Climbing exists on numerous rock types, including sandstone (Promontory, Footsteps, High Bluffs), quartzite (Land Of The Lost), and granite (The Grotto, Trinity Alps).

However, limestone is the real draw of the Redwood Coast, and is the real deal. The Trinity Aretes, Marble Caves, Cecilville Bluffs, Castle Rock, Natural Bridge, and the Caverns are all excellent limestone sport climbing crags hiding in plain view in the wilds of northwestern California. Good limestone can be found year-round; whereas the Trinity Aretes are primarily a summer crag, the Marble Caves and Cecilville Bluffs are best fall through spring. Wherever you go, you are unlikely to see many other climbers, if any. The relative lack of traffic often adds a bit of adventure to the Redwood Coast climbing scene, but it is more than made up for in absence of crowds and quality of climbing.

If bouldering is more your speed, numerous blocs line the beaches from Arcata to Crescent City. Lost Rocks is the crown jewel, particularly in summer when tides are low and access is best. Ossagon, Patrick's Point, Houda Point, and Moonstone offer good bouldering as well.

Arcata/Eureka is the population hub of the Redwood Coast. Arcata is a college town, home to Humboldt State University, and has all of the usual amenities found around schools including a thriving music scene and a number of local breweries. The Bigfoot Country Climbing guide is the only guidebook to the area, and can be found at local Arcata/Eureka outdoor shops. Mountain Project is an excellent supplemental source for new routes and general beta.

Getting There

Getting to the Redwood Coast involves winding roads, no matter which way you are coming from. From the Bay Area or the Oregon Coast follow Highway 101 north or south. From the Northeast (Southern Oregon, Portland or other Northwest locales), follow I-5 exiting in Grant's Pass to Hwy 199 to 101 south. From the East (Tahoe, Sierra, Colorado, etc) find your way to Redding on the I-5 corridor. Take 299 until you hit 101.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Redwood Coast

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V1-2 5
Rodney King
Boulder
V4 6B
Flake Direct
Boulder
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Karen Crack
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Standard Route
TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Plague of Flies
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Whale Nation
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
The Corner
Sport, TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Bambi Slayer
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Gooseberry
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Lost At Sea
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Visions Of Impalement
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
The Losers' Club
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Whiplash
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Paisano Direct
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
M.I.A.
Sport
Rodney King Houda Point > Houda South V1-2 5 Boulder
Flake Direct Lost Rocks V4 6B Boulder
Karen Crack Moonstone Beach > Karen Rock 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Standard Route Moonstone Beach > Karen Rock 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a TR
Plague of Flies Promontory > Exploding Energy Boulder 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Whale Nation Patrick's Point SP > Pacific Ocean Cliff 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
The Corner Cold Springs > Split Rock > Dome 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, TR
Bambi Slayer Trinity Arêtes > Shooting Gallery > Upper Shooting Gallery 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Gooseberry Trinity Arêtes > Visions Wall 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Lost At Sea Promontory > Main Wall 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Visions Of Impalement Trinity Arêtes > Visions Wall 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
The Losers' Club Land of the Lost > Three Amigos Wall 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Whiplash Trinity Arêtes > Shooting Gallery > Lower Shooting Gallery 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Paisano Direct Trinity Arêtes > Paisano Buttress 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
M.I.A. Land of the Lost > Three Amigos Wall 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
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mnmain2  
Hey guys. I am going to be camping in Humboldt Redwoods State Park in March and was hoping to get some climbing in. Any guidance or where to go for some bouldering and/or sport climbing? Where is best around this time of year? Jan 27, 2014
Rick Shull
Arcata, CA & Dyer,NV
Rick Shull   Arcata, CA & Dyer,NV  
Ben,
I just sent you and email at the above addy... Aug 28, 2013
Benjamin F
Crescent City, CA
Benjamin F   Crescent City, CA
awesome rick, i cant wait to see the photos and what not. i sent you a PM but im not sure if i can get into my old email. email me at bkf59@humboldt.edu and we can exchange numbers. im gonna be up there a lot, and will gladly fill in any gaps in beta/photos you might need. Aug 15, 2013
Rick Shull
Arcata, CA & Dyer,NV
Rick Shull   Arcata, CA & Dyer,NV  
Ben, I'm planning to add all of the LOTL crags at some point. I have kept detailed records for most of the routes (the ones I put up and others) from the day I first found the crags but there are a few that I probably don't know about. I'm working out of the area for the summer and all of my notes are in Arcata. It's going to be a big job to add all of the LOTL crags, so maybe I could use some help at some point. PM me if you want. Jul 31, 2013
Benjamin F
Crescent City, CA
Benjamin F   Crescent City, CA
Is there any particular reason why there's no page on here for LOTL? if not, would anyone mind if i took the time to make the page and put [non-copyrighted] beta on here? Jul 30, 2013
Rick Shull
Arcata, CA & Dyer,NV
Rick Shull   Arcata, CA & Dyer,NV  
Gnar Gnar at the grotto is one of the best gear routes in the area... May 24, 2013
Rick Shull
Arcata, CA & Dyer,NV
Rick Shull   Arcata, CA & Dyer,NV  
I guess Land of the Lost is getting popular enough and there are enough routes that I should put all of my route info on MP. I've been waiting to "do it right" with all of the history and photos. It will probably be later in the Fall before I can get it done but if anyone has any route questions feel free to email me. Sep 12, 2012
Rick Shull
Arcata, CA & Dyer,NV
Rick Shull   Arcata, CA & Dyer,NV  
A great guidebook for the Redwood Coast is Bigfoot Country Climbing. It is written and illustrated by Paul Humphrey and Eric Chemello and is available at gear shops in Arcata and Eureka. Both of these climbers have worked tirelessly to put up dozens of routes in the region. Oct 24, 2006

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