Elevation: 2,136 ft
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Description

Columbia State Park is a hidden bouldering mecca in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Hydraulic gold mining in the 1850's unveiled an extensive amount of marble and limestone rock in the town of Columbia. The gold was depleted in the 1860's, and the town somehow survived until 1945, when it was designated a State Historic Park.

The area was first developed by the hardmen of the 70's and 80's, and has been further developed in recent years by a handful of locals. The most recent guidebook, by Dean Flemming and Daniel Forbes, can be purchased in downtown Sonora at the Sierra Nevada Adventure Company (SNAC). They also carry a decent amount of gear. The guidebook is highly recommended, as navigating the area can be extremely difficult.

The easiest accessed areas are the Picnic, Diggins, Stage Coach, and Horse Trail Boulders, but for a true adventure, try to make time to explore the Labyrinth.

Be cautious of poison oak, rattlesnakes, hobos and mountain lions. In that order....

Getting There

Follow the many signs to the State Historic Park on your way to the town of Columbia. Park at the large paved parking lot. The Picnic Boulders will be visible across the way.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Columbia State Historic Park

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0 4
 7
Tent City Face
Boulder
V0 4
 12
Big Easy
Boulder
V0 4
 13
Broken Face
Boulder
V0 4
 5
Stagecoach Arete
Boulder
V1 5
 16
African Roof
Boulder
V1-2 5
 4
Face to Crack
Boulder
V2 5+
 10
Silver Arete
Boulder
V2 5+
 14
Font Arete
Boulder
V2 5+
 5
Horse Trail Arete
Boulder
V2 5+ PG13
 5
Sloper exit
Boulder
V3 6A
 8
The Cave Route
Boulder
V3 6A R
 10
Horse Trail Prow
Boulder
V4- 6B
 6
The Axe Wound
Boulder
V4 6B
 3
Sloper Rail
Boulder
V5 6C
 3
The Prow
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Tent City Face Diggins Boulders > Tent City
 7
V0 4 Boulder
Big Easy Diggins Boulders > African Roof
 12
V0 4 Boulder
Broken Face Horse Trail Boulders
 13
V0 4 Boulder
Stagecoach Arete Stage Coach Boulders
 5
V0 4 Boulder
African Roof Diggins Boulders > African Roof
 16
V1 5 Boulder
Face to Crack Stage Coach Boulders
 4
V1-2 5 Boulder
Silver Arete Horse Trail Boulders
 10
V2 5+ Boulder
Font Arete Horse Trail Boulders
 14
V2 5+ Boulder
Horse Trail Arete Horse Trail Boulders
 5
V2 5+ Boulder
Sloper exit Diggins Boulders > African Roof
 5
V2 5+ PG13 Boulder
The Cave Route Approach Boulders > Cave Route Area
 8
V3 6A Boulder
Horse Trail Prow Horse Trail Boulders
 10
V3 6A R Boulder
The Axe Wound Picnic Boulders
 6
V4- 6B Boulder
Sloper Rail Stage Coach Boulders
 3
V4 6B Boulder
The Prow Picnic Boulders
 3
V5 6C Boulder
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