Routes in High Bluffs
|101 Slab S 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a|
|Ahab's Slab S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Captain Albert Alexander S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Captain Longbeard S 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Captain Weirdbeard S 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Captain Weirdbeard Original Start T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b|
|Cave Dweller S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b|
|Cthulhu's Reawakening TR 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b|
|Gardyloo S 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c PG13|
|Guilty Pleasure S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c|
|Hole in the Hull TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Land Ho! S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Magellan's Voyage S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b|
|Magellan's Voyage (old traverse finish) S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Man Overboard TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|Me First Eyepatch S,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|No Man's Land S 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c|
|Rated Arrrgh! T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R|
|Sailor Jerry's S,TR 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b|
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DescriptionHigh Bluffs is a fantastic little crag near Lost Rocks. The routes became lost in time because the original bolts were overly rusted and poorly positioned, it has since gone through a full rebolting. The rock is very unique, with significant incut holds and cool pockets that make climbing very unique and enjoyable. Routes range from 5.8-5.11, the majority being 5.8. Most of the routes start on large boulders above the beach, and are safe from even very large waves (careful in winter). The position provides quite a thrill.
The new bolts are 14mmx110mm titanium glue-ins. The rebolting is emphasizing good protection and safe climbing (solid bolts in the most solid rock, good clipping stances, and clean falls).
Of important consideration here, as well as climbing anywhere from Moonstone to Footsteps, is that these rocks all have cultural importance to the Yurok Tribe. It is important that we respect the rocks and the surrounding land. Climbers tend to respect nature, so let's continue to show it. Clean up after yourselves have low impact. I was once asked by a representative of the Yurok to ask climbers to say a prayer before climbing as a sign of respect towards the cultural significance of all of these rocks in HumCo/DelNorte. I am all for the cultural reminder and suggest others take the time to do the same.
The waves, the rock, the views, and the cultural significance all make this place an amazing, powerful, and often magical place to climb.
Getting ThereDriving Directions:
Take the Klamath Beach Road exit off of HW 101 and head west. After few minutes turn left following signs for High Bluffs Overlook. Another 3 minutes later, you'll take your first right onto a dirt road (Coastal Drive), and then an immediate left down past an open gate.
From the parking lot, walk down to the vista point, and head down a hidden path five feet left of the wooden fence. The trail opens up after a bit and heads southwest along the ridge. After 150 yards and near the end of the ridge, follow the path left to the two lone spruce trees.
CLIFF TOP ACCESS: From these two trees, turn right (west) and follow a fixed line across the top of the cliff. Do one 160' rappel with two ropes or two 80' raps.
LEAD ROUTE ACCESS: From these two trees, turn left (east) and follow a good path to the base of the cliff. At the base of the trail, find a suitable way down to the beach. When the creek isn't flowing, a black fixed line on your right will help you down to the beach. Each of the routes start on either one of the three large boulders, or down on the beach during low tide. Access the larger boulder by a short 4th class on the southeast corner.
High Bluffs is fantastic most times of the year, but like all coastal climbing, be sure to check the swell before heading out. Remember, winter usually comes with BIG swells, and will sometimes make the area unclimbable. The main boulder is 25' above sea level, so keep that in mind when looking at the tide and swell levels.
Classic Climbing Routes at High Bluffs
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