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Elevation: 10 ft 3 m
GPS: 41.03, -124.1125
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Shared By: Rick Shull on Nov 2, 2006
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Moonstone Beach is Eureka/Arcata's easiest access climbing area. The good quality sandstone and greenstone boulders and cliffs, combined with soft sand landings under most of the boulders, make this a favorite for both the "The-sun's-out-class-can-wait" and the after work crowd. From the parking area there are four main areas with clusters of problems and routes. The rock dries quickly after storms and is climbable all year 'round but it can be foggy in the summer and days of rain in the winter. A rope bag or tarp is recommended when pulling your rope to keep it out of the sand. Moonstone is also THE place to meet partners for other local adventures.

Moonstone Trivia:
#1 Many of the moderate topropes were pioneered in the 60's or earlier by Andy Montgomery, a minister from Arcata who trained on a wall he built inside the bell tower of his church.

#2 The Moonstone outdoor clothing company was started by the beach caretaker in a tin-can trailer on this beach.

Getting There Suggest change

Take Highway 101 north from Arcata, exit at Westhaven Drive(just north of Clam Beach), take a left under 101 and left back south and take the first right to the beach.

A guidebook is available at outdoor shops in Arcata and Eureka.

Camping

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Camping can be found just south at Clam Beach or 15 minutes north at Patrick's Point State Park.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Moonstone Beach

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0-1 4+
 14
The Triangles
Boulder
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 46
Karen Crack
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 53
Standard Route
TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
 14
The Shallow Dihedral
Trad
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 12
No Time aka North Crack
Trad
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 19
Urchin
TR
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 15
Center Face
TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 20
Lizard Head
TR
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 37
Assembly Line
TR
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 6
Sky Hook
TR
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 14
Dyno-Soar
TR
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 10
Dream Theme
TR
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 5
Launch Toast
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 6
Nightmare
TR
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 4
Sticked Wiffy
TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Triangles N Rocks
 14
V0-1 4+ Boulder
Karen Crack Karen Rock
 46
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Standard Route Karen Rock
 53
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a TR
The Shallow Dihedral Karen Rock
 14
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Trad
No Time aka North Crack N Rocks
 12
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Urchin Karen Rock
 19
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b TR
Center Face Karen Rock
 15
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b TR
Lizard Head Karen Rock
 20
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b TR
Assembly Line Karen Rock
 37
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c TR
Sky Hook Karen Rock
 6
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c TR
Dyno-Soar Karen Rock
 14
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c TR
Dream Theme Karen Rock
 10
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a TR
Launch Toast N Rocks
 5
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Nightmare Karen Rock
 6
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a TR
Sticked Wiffy N Rocks
 4
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b TR
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