Elevation: 5,697 ft
GPS: 38.175, -120.027 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: M. Morley on Sep 24, 2011
Admins: M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

Description

The Sonora Pass highway is a short drive from Northern California's major population centers, yet offers rock like Tahoe AND Yosemite without the crowds of either destination.

The low country includes a series of crags along highway 108 from the San Joaquin Valley into the foothills near the town of Sonora itself.

In the fall, Table Mountain, especially around the Grotto, is one of the most beautiful places in the state. However, learn about its paradoxical access issues before visiting the Gold Wall or Jail House Rock areas there. They contain some of the finest climbing around, but aren't documented online or in guidebooks.

Approaches range from roadside pullouts with painted grades (established by the US Marines on public land near their Mountain Warfare Training Center), to remote and wild alpine lines requiring both luck and determination to climb successfully.

The high country is highly seasonal! Sonora Pass closes down every winter, and sometimes with little notice in spring and fall when there's snow on the ground.

A 2013 edition of "A Climber's Guide to the Sonora Pass Highway" may increase visits.

Other updates beyond the book can be found at the Sonora Pass Climbing website.

Some bouldering areas include:

Getting There

From the west, head east on Hwy 108 from the small community of Sonora.

From the east, head west on Hwy 108 from Bridgeport at the junction of Hwy 395.

Note that the highway is closed in winter, generally November through May. Check dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/sr108 for road conditions and closures.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Sonora Pass Highway (108)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 136
Bandito
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 134
Table Manners
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 110
Go with the Flow
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 74
Granted
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 49
Hole in the Wall
Trad
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 43
Chicken Ranch Bingo
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 42
Wing of Bat
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 79
Color Coded Quickdraws
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 88
Three Fingered Jack
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 155
AC Devil Dog
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 112
Rawhide
Trad
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 58
Snake Bite
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 27
Squealer
Trad, Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 24
Soap on a Rope
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 17
Fugitive
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Bandito Table Mountain > Grotto
 136
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Table Manners Table Mountain > Grotto
 134
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Go with the Flow Table Mountain > Grotto
 110
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Granted Table Mountain > Grotto
 74
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Hole in the Wall Table Mountain > Grotto
 49
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Chicken Ranch Bingo Table Mountain > Grotto
 43
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Wing of Bat Table Mountain > Welcome Wall
 42
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Color Coded Quickdraws Table Mountain > Ort Wall
 79
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Three Fingered Jack Table Mountain > Grotto
 88
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
AC Devil Dog Table Mountain > Grotto
 155
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Rawhide Table Mountain > Grotto
 112
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Snake Bite Table Mountain > Grotto
 58
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Squealer Table Mountain > Grotto
 27
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, Sport
Soap on a Rope Jailhouse Rock
 24
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
Fugitive Jailhouse Rock
 17
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
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