Elevation: 1,621 ft
GPS: 40.922, -123.797 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Adam Brown on Jul 5, 2018
Admins: Rick Shull, Lurker, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

Description

Chezem Cliffs is located in the Redwood Creek valley. Primarily a sport climbing area, the cliffs have an assortment of steep climbs mostly in the 5.10's. The short cliff is nestled in among grasslands as well as old oaks and madrone trees. The cliffs are located just far enough inland to be out of the fog but not too far inland to be scorching in the summer heat, and is at a low enough elevation to get very little, if any, snow in the winter. The main cliff faces southwest but its base is shaded by large trees. The approach from the parking to the cliffs is ~3 min, very short.

The rock has a sandstone quality and the holds are mostly on edges. There have been 2-bolt anchors placed on top of most climbs and it's a short 2nd class scramble to the top of the cliffs to set up top ropes.

The main climbing wall faces south, but there is some climbing potential on the longer west face, although there is quite a bit of vegetation on that wall. Additionally, there are some short steep cliffs that face east that might have some potential for short sport climbs. In addition, there is a short low angle crack on one of the east facing cliffs.

There area some moderately-sized boulders scattered below the base, which hold some potential for steep or overhanging bouldering routes.

Getting There

Chezem Cliffs is located at the intersection of Hwy 299 and the upper end of Chezem Road. This intersection is located 23.4 miles from the Hwy 101/ Hwy 299 intersection (~25 min) or 17.9 miles from the Hwy 299 Blue Lake exit (~20 min).

There is a small parking area on Chezem Road just below the intersection. You can see the dome-like backside of the climbing area just down the grassy hill from the intersection.

Follow deer trails down hill (~1min) until you reach base of dome-like backside of area. Pass ~50 feet along the base of the dome to east side (downhill side) to short use-trail that heads right and uphill immediately between dome and small trees. Head up use trail (~50 feet) and then work your way down and right seeing main cliff face on your right.

The boulders are located immediately downhill of the main cliff face.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Chezem Cliffs

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 6
Vultures Feather
Sport, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 7
Right Around
Sport, TR
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 6
Black Streak
Sport, TR
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 7
The Phobia
Sport, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Vultures Feather S Face
 6
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Sport, TR
Right Around S Face
 7
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport, TR
Black Streak S Face
 6
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, TR
The Phobia S Face
 7
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, TR
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