Elevation: 50 ft
GPS: 41.607, -124.105 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Rick Shull on Sep 12, 2007
Admins: Rick Shull, Lurker, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

Description

Promontory 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 There

Promontory 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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Promontory

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 28
Blowhole
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 26
Poop Deck
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 30
Plague of Flies
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 36
Humboldt Current
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 23
Sea Legs
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 18
The Slow Spring
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 15
Wildwood
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 9
Scurvy
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 9
Gnarwhal
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 13
Lost At Sea
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 11
Pulling Teeth
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 16
Riptide
Sport
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 16
Great White
Sport
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 7
Reality Check
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 6
Redwood Burl
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Blowhole Puff Boulder
 28
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Poop Deck Abyss Boulder
 26
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Plague of Flies Exploding Energy Boulder
 30
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Humboldt Current Main Wall
 36
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Sea Legs Puff Boulder
 23
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
The Slow Spring Puff Boulder
 18
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Wildwood Puff Boulder
 15
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Scurvy Main Wall
 9
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Gnarwhal Abyss Boulder
 9
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Lost At Sea Main Wall
 13
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Pulling Teeth Main Wall
 11
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Riptide Abyss Boulder
 16
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Great White Main Wall
 16
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Reality Check Exploding Energy Boulder
 7
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Redwood Burl Main Wall
 6
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
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