Elevation: 3,000 ft
GPS: 33.216, -116.46 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Tavis Ricksecker on Mar 3, 2008
Admins: Marc Kajut, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
Access Issue: Current San Diego County Advisories Details

Description

Seemingly endless granite bouldering in a beautiful desert setting.

Getting There

Just off the S-22 road, in between Borrego Springs and Ranchita. 3.7 miles east of Ranchita, where the highway makes a large S-curve. Established climbing both north and south of the road.

168 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Culp Valley

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0 4
 35
Chocoholic
Boulder
V0 4
 41
Vector Crack
Boulder
V0+ 4+
 15
Salad Days
Boulder
V0-1 4+
 33
Gutenobbin
Boulder
V1 5
 3
Freeman Crack
Boulder
V2 5+
 14
Slaphappy
Boulder
V2 5+
 8
Bluefoot
Boulder
V3 6A
 24
Black Dot
Boulder
V3 6A
 8
Unnamed Slab
Boulder
V3 6A
 3
The Professor
Boulder
V3-4 6A+
 11
Friction Test
Boulder
V4 6B
 13
Throw Up
Boulder
V5- 6C
 15
Throw Up, Left
Boulder
V6 7A
 14
The First Black Robot
Boulder
V6 7A
 11
Spandex
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Chocoholic Cottonwood Area > Cottonwood Camp > Chocolate Boulder
 35
V0 4 Boulder
Vector Crack Cottonwood Area > Vector Crack Area > Vector Boulder
 41
V0 4 Boulder
Salad Days Cottonwood Area > Vector Crack Area > Vector Boulder
 15
V0+ 4+ Boulder
Gutenobbin Cottonwood Area > Vector Crack Area > Plate Techtonics Boulder
 33
V0-1 4+ Boulder
Freeman Crack Cottonwood Area > Lone Crack
 3
V1 5 Boulder
Slaphappy Cottonwood Area > Cottonwood Camp > Flake Boulder
 14
V2 5+ Boulder
Bluefoot Cottonwood Area > Cottonwood Camp > Crying Dolphin Boulder
 8
V2 5+ Boulder
Black Dot Windy Boulders > Windy Boulders… > Black Dot Boulder
 24
V3 6A Boulder
Unnamed Slab Cottonwood Area > Cottonwood Camp > Chocolate Boulder
 8
V3 6A Boulder
The Professor Gilligan's Island
 3
V3 6A Boulder
Friction Test Cottonwood Area > Friction Test
 11
V3-4 6A+ Boulder
Throw Up Windy Boulders > Windy Boulders… > "C" Boulder
 13
V4 6B Boulder
Throw Up, Left Windy Boulders > Windy Boulders… > "C" Boulder
 15
V5- 6C Boulder
The First Black Robot Cottonwood Area > Vector Crack Area > Vector Boulder
 14
V6 7A Boulder
Spandex Windy Boulders > Windy Boulders… > "B" Boulder
 11
V6 7A Boulder
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mschlocker
San Diego, CA
mschlocker   San Diego, CA
I just headed out here yesterday for the first time ever. I'm not much of a boulderer but this area may have changed my mind. Super frictony coarse rock in a great setting. About 1.5 hour drive from San Diego. Apr 26, 2009
Went this past weekend, boy is getting hot! We had a passing thunderstorm drop rain for about a half an hour to cool things down. The climbing is fantastic, super coarse rock, lots of bumps and knuckles to get your fingers around. The route finding was difficult even with the San Diego climbing guide. I would recommend starting early as it takes a while to find a good set of problems outside of the standouts (vector crack, chocolate..). Jun 2, 2009
J T
J T  
Found in the Super Sandbag Delux area. Not sure if this has been climbed before, but gave it a worthy rating.
youtu.be/SzphYxOi3hE Oct 29, 2013
Josh Higgins
San Diego, CA
Josh Higgins   San Diego, CA
Culp Valley (And Piedras Grandes) are at risk of being closed!

The State of California has proposed a closure of all off-trail travel in all CA State Cultural Preserves and Reserves, and Natural Preserves and Reserves. This closure will affect 100 parks across the country, including about 40,000 acres in Anza Borrego Desert State Park. This includes the climbing areas Culp Valley and Piedras Grandes, both of which are allowed and reported to have no impact according to the nearly 200 page 2012 Anza Borrego Management Plan. Many areas will be closed to recreation that are currently open and used without impact to resources. Any closure should be considered on a case by case basis of our public land, not as a cookie cutter blanket closure by bureaucrats in Sacramento since they don't want to take the time to manage our lands properly. If you'd like more information, including the Allied Climbers of San Diego's protest letter, please follow the link below. There is a public hearing on the issue in San Diego on June 22nd 6pm.

http://www.alliedclimbers.org/notice-public-hearing/

Josh Higgins
President, Allied Climbers of San Diego Jun 15, 2016