Elevation: 5,697 ft
GPS: 38.17532, -120.02685
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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
 169
Bandito
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 168
Table Manners
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 130
Sidesaddle
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 140
Go with the Flow
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 97
Granted
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 66
Hole in the Wall
Trad
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 51
Chicken Ranch Bingo
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 52
Wing of Bat
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 102
Color Coded Quickdraws
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 111
Three Fingered Jack
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 196
AC Devil Dog
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 142
Rawhide
Trad
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c
 71
Snake Bite
Trad
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 39
Soap on a Rope
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 25
Fugitive
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Bandito Table Mountain > Grotto
 169
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Table Manners Table Mountain > Grotto
 168
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Sidesaddle Table Mountain > Ort Wall
 130
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Go with the Flow Table Mountain > Grotto
 140
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Granted Table Mountain > Grotto
 97
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Hole in the Wall Table Mountain > Grotto
 66
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Chicken Ranch Bingo Table Mountain > Grotto
 51
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Wing of Bat Table Mountain > Welcome Wall
 52
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Color Coded Quickdraws Table Mountain > Ort Wall
 102
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Three Fingered Jack Table Mountain > Grotto
 111
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
AC Devil Dog Table Mountain > Grotto
 196
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Rawhide Table Mountain > Grotto
 142
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Snake Bite Table Mountain > Grotto
 71
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c Trad
Soap on a Rope Jailhouse Rock
 39
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Fugitive Jailhouse Rock
 25
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
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