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DescriptionThe Rock Pile area is a great spot for beginners and intermediate climbers. Most of the trad lines have bolted double ring anchors, providing a great opportunity to learn how to place gear. The cracks can be somewhat flaring at times, but in most cases, the gear is solid. The area has a lot of trad options with potential sport climbs.
It is very sunny with little protection from the sun. There are some larger trees that cast shadows, but bring lots of fluids. Other than the near by campers, you will not find any other climbers around.
Anchors are either fixed or natural. Most fixed anchors were put in 2017, using Fixe Triplex bolts (12 x 75mm), Powers bolts (1/2 X 2 3/4 or 1/2 X 4 3/4), and Fixe double ring/chain anchors. All bolts have been torqued to spec. The fixed anchors were also placed with toproping in mind, trying to reduce as much rope drag as possible.
Getting ThereTake US 285 to CR 315. From CR 315, drive until you reach the T-intersection (about 3 miles). Turn left onto FS 376. Follow this road for about 1/4 mile and turn left onto FS 376A. Follow this road down for about 1/2 mile just before it gets steep. There is a campsite off to the left that makes for good parking. From this campsite, you can see the Rock Pile crag off to the west/southwest. Walk down the road until you reach the small field, and cut across to the base of the crag. There is another campsite on the right just past this meadow that also can serve as a good parking area. It is about 15-20 minutes to the base of the climbing wall.
From the base of the crag, walk up a series of ramps being careful not to disturb the natural surroundings.
Eds. The above was updated with information from: Jeff Welch.
Classic Climbing Routes at The Rock Pile
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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