GPS: 41.52, -124.081 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 33,231 total · 184/month
Shared By: Peter Franzen on Aug 3, 2006
Admins: Rick Shull, Lurker -, Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Vicki Schwantes, Justin Johnsen
Access Issue: Private Property - DO NOT TRESPASS ON TRIBAL LANDS Details

Description

Lost Rocks is one of the most unique climbing areas in the country. On a coastline hundreds of miles long that is covered with chossy boulders, this string of beaches somehow has solid spectacular rock. The setting here is tranquil and peaceful despite the pounding surf, none of the boulder problems have been given grades and very few are named, and the shifting sands can change the landscape overnight. The metamorphic boulders vary from blocky overhangs to crimpy faces and smooth slabs. All of the climbing is on the beach so crashpads are rarely (if ever) needed.

Getting There

Take the Klamath Beach exit just south of the town of Klamath. Drive west/towards the ocean for approximately 3 miles. Pass a beach access gate and a large campground (DO NOT PARK HERE OR USE FOR ACCESS - YOU ARE TRESPASSING) and follow the road uphill for another few hundred yards to the Flint Ridge campground parking. A steep trail heads down to the beach from there.

Camping

Camping can be found at the Flint Ridge walk-in sites, or at one of several campgrounds in the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, and Jedediah Smith State Park.

Do not camp in the Flint Ridge parking lot, in the pullouts down near the river mouth, or elsewhere along the loop road, it is not legal.

The Bouldering

The first group of boulders at the far northern end of Lost Rocks (near the lagoon and the Yurok campground) and the first problems on the next set to the south are off-limits to rock climbers. These boulders are on Yurok tribal lands, which are private property, and climbing/walking in this area is trespassing. The "Flake" Boulder marks the northern end of public property.

From the northern area moving south, there are two more beaches that can be approached by some easy scrambling. Your feet might get wet at high-tide but it's certainly do-able. The best bouldering at Lost Rocks is at the final beach although there are plenty of classics in the other areas as well.

One thing that really makes this place unique is the sand. It provides the world's best landings to the problems, but it also changes the very problems themselves. Due to the powerful tides at this beach the sand levels can change up to 5ft. over just a couple of days. Highballs turn into normal problems, and starting holds can disappear completely.

1 Total Climbs

Route Finder - Best Climbs for YOU!

Location: Lost Rocks Change
Type:  to 
Quality:
Pitches:
Sort by:   then:
 

Sun & Shade

Weather Averages

High
 
Low
 
Precip
 
Days w Precip
 
Prime Climbing Season
J F M A M J J A S O N D
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Photos