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Elevation: 3,043 ft 928 m
GPS: 39.65376, -121.30748
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Shared By: Justin Johnsen on May 22, 2015
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Description Suggest change

The Bald Rock climbing area is a collection of places in the lower elevation of the northern Sierra foothills, many with Bald Rock in the name.

Getting There Suggest change

The Bald Rock areas are all approached on Bald Rock Road, naturally!

I am shamelessly recycling Crimper E6's detailed Bald Rock Dome directions up to the general area here.

From the all parts west:

This area is typically approached from the town of Oroville if you are coming from the west, from Redding, Chico or Sacramento.

From the junction of Highways 70 and 162 in Oroville (set odometer here), take 162 east through town, following it as it turns right about 1.7 miles from Highway 70.

Continue on 162 ("Olive Highway") around Lake Oroville where it becomes the Highway." Follow this to a signed intersection with Bald Rock Road at about 19.2 miles from Highway 70.

Follow Bald Rock Road as it winds through the hills.

The Picnic Area road is on a left turn driving from the west after 22.7 miles or so (26.6 miles from Highway 70).

For Bald Rock Dome, continue past this, and then pass the first of two intersections with Zink Road at 23.9 miles, 1.2 miles further down the road from the Picnic Area (27.8 from Highway 70), you will intersect Zink Road a second time (GPS: N39'39'36.2" W121 20'06.9").

Here, turn right unto the bumpy, dirt, Forest Service Road 21N51Y. This is also marked with a sign that says, "Dome Trail - 3 miles" Most passenger cars should be able to handle this dirt road (21 N51 Y), but after severe rains, or low snow, when it may become impassable. Follow this road for 2 miles (29.8 miles from Highway 70) to a parking area located on the right shoulder of the road (GPS N39'38'54.4", W121 °18'57.6"). This parking area is .4 miles past the pre-fabricated home perched on the granite slab on the left side of the road.

From the all parts east:

Here are notes if you drive in from Quincy or Reno.

From Quincy, drive west on the Quincy-Oroville Highway to Brush Creek. There, turn left on Bald Rock Road.

For Bald Rock Dome, turn left after 2.5 miles and follow the same directions from there.

For Bald Rock Picnic Area, continue another 1.2 miles (3.7 miles total from Brush Creek) and turn right into the dirt road to the parking area.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Bald Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0 4
 9
Asteroid Bash
Boulder
V0 4
 4
Mission Arete
Boulder
V0 4
 8
Bald Rock Arete
Boulder
V0-1 4+
 5
Unknown #1
Boulder
V2 5+
 6
Bird Bath
Boulder
V2+ 5+
 5
Man Eater Left
Boulder
V6 7A
 4
Moon Landing
Boulder
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
 9
Moroccan Roll
Trad 5 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 4
The Groove
Trad 5 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 7
Six Pitch
Trad 6 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13
 6
Right of the Groove
Trad 6 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Asteroid Bash Bald Rock Picni… > Main Area > Asteroids
 9
V0 4 Boulder
Mission Arete Bald Rock Picni… > Main Area > Bunny Blocks
 4
V0 4 Boulder
Bald Rock Arete Bald Rock Picni… > Main Area > Asteroids
 8
V0 4 Boulder
Unknown #1 Bald Rock Picni… > Main Approach > Unknown Boulder
 5
V0-1 4+ Boulder
Bird Bath Bald Rock Picni… > Main Area > Bird Bath Boulders
 6
V2 5+ Boulder
Man Eater Left Bald Rock Picni… > Main Area > Asteroids
 5
V2+ 5+ Boulder
Moon Landing Bald Rock Picni… > Main Area > Asteroids
 4
V6 7A Boulder
Moroccan Roll Bald Rock Dome
 9
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R Trad 5 pitches
The Groove Bald Rock Dome
 4
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 5 pitches
Six Pitch Bald Rock Dome
 7
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 6 pitches
Right of the Groove Bald Rock Dome
 6
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13 Trad 6 pitches
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