Elevation: 5,200 ft
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Shared By: Milton Mugambe on Mar 24, 2010
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The gullies that lie on the south side of highway 88 offer sun or shade depending on conditions. The area is under development and offers fine base roues as well as multi-pitch climbs up to 350 feet in length.

This summer area lies above and to the west of the Crystal Springs Campground, along and around a prominent ridge that splits two long gully systems. The formation faces north, however the east and west facing side wall offer sun or shade depending on the conditions. The approach can be quite windy on some days, but the Steeple area is usually less so and can offer good climbing even when the Woodcutter Wall is "blown out". The rock quality is excellent, with most climbs follow corner systems or well defined cracks. This area is not to be missed.

Getting There

Park on the dirt pullout/loop road, 100 yards to the west of the entrance to the Crystal Springs Campground, below a dirty looking broken cliff. From the parking area walk west towards a large granite boulder, head up and left through the talus following a well marked cairn trail towards the right edge of the cliff band (Strangler Cliff).

Continue up and to the west, following the trail through some low vegetation towards a small wall with an obvious arete on its left(east) edge and an angling splitter crack to the right. Walk past a large, lone pine tree, then go left and climb up and through a "notch" in a broken ridge-line (4th class). Grind straight up a steep dirt trail, then up and left through some low bushes. Stay left avoiding the rock step trail that leads to the small wall that lies up and to the right (Woodcutter Wall). Continue basically straight up the center of the broad gully following numerous cairns. At a large rock a dead branch barrier go up and right towards the top of a small ridge. From the top of the ridge go up and left going a large rubble covered boulder that sits below a small cedar tree. Go up the gully above until nearly even with a large fir tree on the ridge line to the right. Walk right on a trail that cuts behind the large fir tree. Go up the talus slope, then left and up and right on a trail through some Mt. Maple trees. Climb over some smooth rocks to an area marked by very large boulders and obvious cairns. A trail that follows a "catwalk" to the left, accesses the east side routes.

The West Side Routes, Bear Trundle Gulch And the Double Hump area all lie directly above the boulders marking the trail to the Cat Walk.

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Justin Johnsen
Sacramento, CA
Justin Johnsen   Sacramento, CA  
Admin FYI: Since Woodfords content has exploded and drifted a bit since this page was created, I'm renaming it from Southside Crags to Crystal Springs Canyon.

I might roll the content from "The Upper Crystal Springs Area" page (another one of Milton's contributions, thanks!) into this one for improved usability. Aug 11, 2014