|GPS:||41.03, -124.113 Google Map · Climbing Map|
|Shared By:||Rick Shull on Nov 2, 2006|
|Admins:||Rick Shull, Lurker, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes|
DescriptionMoonstone 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.
#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 ThereTake 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.
Classic Climbing Routes at Moonstone Beach
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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