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DescriptionPromontory is a large "wave" of overhanging sandstone situated in a spectacular setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean. There are currently about 30 routes spread out between the main wall and several satellite walls. The climbing is generally excellent and ranges from overhanging pockets to vertical crimpfests.
Promontory was recently rebolted with titanium glue-ins and a number of new routes have gone in as well. Prior to the rebolting effort, the area only saw sporadic traffic for a number of years, due to rusted and suspect bolts. Although Promontory has recently received more attention from climbers, be aware that loose rock does exist on both new and existing routes, due to both the nature of soft sandstone and relative lack of traffic. It is recommended that you wear a helmet and do not stand beneath other climbers if not belaying.
Prime season for Promontory is typically spring through fall, when moderate temperatures prevail and precipitation is at a minimum. Winter can be good as well if it hasn't rained recently, although some routes seep. A handful of routes are tide-dependent, including Plague Of Flies, Reality Check, Mutiny, and Doggystyle.
There are a number of options for camping, depending on how far you want to drive and desired amenities. The Mill Creek campground is about 10 minutes north on the 101 and offers full amenities (i.e., toilet), but is closed in the winter. There are excellent bivy spots and a fire ring in the amphitheater below the main wall if you are willing to risk a ticket at the parking area (which doesn't seem to be enforced). The best spot to camp is 0.25 miles up the 101 from the Promontory parking; look for a dead-end road on your left and park at the end. Follow the trail, which quickly forks, and take the left fork. The trail gets a little vague but just follow the path of least resistance for about 200 feet, and you'll come on a small 10' by 10' clearing with amazing views of the north coast.
Promontory is technically on Redwood National Park property, and non-climbers often pass through while wandering up the coastline. Keep a low profile, be courteous, and enjoy one the most aesthetic climbing spots in California!
Getting TherePromontory is located off of Highway 101 in Del Norte County. If you are traveling from the north it is about 12 miles south of Crescent City. Coming from the south(Arcata, etc.), it is approximately 5 miles north of the town of Klamath. Look for the bridge crossing Wilson Creek and park in the beach access lot just south of the mouth of the creek. From the lot, walk north about 10 minutes. The rock is plainly visible from the parking area.
Classic Climbing Routes at Promontory
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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