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California Rock Climbing 


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Overview 

For sheer variety of rock and stable weather it is hard to beat California as a climbing destination.

Want soaring granite? Head to Yosemite National Park. Want thousands of sport routes and world class bouldering? Head to the Buttermilks or Owens River Gorge on the East side of the Sierra. Looking for limitless climbing under a warm, desert sun, visit Joshua Tree.

Head West to find the goods.

Climbing Gyms 

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Major Destination Areas 

Yosemite Valley
Rock Climbing Photo: Classic Yosemite Valley view.
Classic Yosemite Valley view.

Tuolumne Meadows
Rock Climbing Photo: Tuolumne Meadows area and Tenaya Lake, from Olmste...
Tuolumne Meadows area and Tenaya Lake, from Olmstead Point, Yosemite NP

Joshua Tree National Park
Rock Climbing Photo: Joel wants to 'Sail Away'!  flickr.com/thedan86
Joel wants to 'Sail Away'!

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Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks
Rock Climbing Photo: Great photo by Damon Corso of Michael Reardon on t...
Great photo by Damon Corso of Michael Reardon on the Pirate.

Sierra Eastside
Rock Climbing Photo: Josh Junkermeier, Big Chicken V4, Happy Boulders, ...
Josh Junkermeier, Big Chicken V4, Happy Boulders, Eastern Sierras.

The Needles
Rock Climbing Photo: Unknown climber hiking the crux.
Unknown climber hiking the crux.

Lover's Leap
Rock Climbing Photo: Joe L. coming up the wide crack section.    If you...
Joe L. coming up the wide crack section.

If you have a 5" shoulder, you can do it this way.
...The rest of us can't. :-|

July 2009

High Sierra
Rock Climbing Photo: Palisades from Dusy Basin. From left to right: Mt....
Palisades from Dusy Basin. From left to right: Mt. Agassiz, Mt. Winchell, Thunderbolt Peak, Starlight Peak, North Palisade - July 2007

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23,749 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in California

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for California:
Southeast Buttress   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 700'   Cathedral Range : Cathedral Peak
SW Corner   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Ryan Campground : Headstone Rock
Corrugation Corner   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   Lover's Leap : Main Wall
Matthes Crest Traverse - South to North   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 2500'   Cathedral Range : Matthes Crest
Snake Dike   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R     Trad, 8 pitches, 2000'   Yosemite Valley : Half Dome
Double Cross   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 95'   The Old Woman : The Old Woman - West Face
Sail Away   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Real Hidden Valley : Hidden Tower
Bishops Terrace   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   Yosemite Valley : Church Bowl
Nutcracker   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   Yosemite Valley : Manure Pile Buttress (aka R...
Central Pillar of Frenzy   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches   Cathedral Spires Area : Middle Cathedral Rock
Royal Arches   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 15 pitches   Yosemite Valley : Royal Arches
Regular Route   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 12 pitches, 1000'   Tuolumne Meadows : Fairview Dome
West Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches   DAFF Area : Daff Dome West Face
Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C1     Trad, Aid, 23 pitches, 2200'   Yosemite Valley : Half Dome
The Nose   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2     Trad, Aid, 31 pitches, 3000'   Yosemite Valley : El Capitan
Salathe Wall   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2     Trad, Aid, 35 pitches, 3500'   Yosemite Valley : El Capitan
Sons of Yesterday   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 6 pitches   Yosemite Valley : Royal Arches
Illusion Dweller   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   The Sentinel : The Sentinel - West Face
East Buttress   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 11 pitches, 1100'   Cathedral Spires Area : Middle Cathedral Rock
Serenity Crack   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13     Trad, 3 pitches, 350'   Yosemite Valley : Royal Arches
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Featured Route For California
Rock Climbing Photo: Gangway (5.12a or 5.11A A0)

Gangway 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : Whitney Portal Buttress
Gangway is a new route on the buttress established by Peter Croft with some help from Marty Lewis. I haven't climbed the route but since Marty e-mailed me this beta I thought I would share it with every one.The first pitch is, according to Marty, the best start option for Ghostrider. 4 new bolts and a little bit of gear. Wandering face on good rock to a ledge with a belay.Not shown on the topo is the fourth pitch, which has bolts and gear to a two bolt anchor.* Also goes at 5.11a AO if not up ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset storm, Colorado Desert, Southern California...
Sunset storm, Colorado Desert, Southern California...
Rock Climbing Photo: A dirtbag meets the squeeze.
A dirtbag meets the squeeze.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sequoia Forest-Sequoia N.P. Photo by Blitzo.
Sequoia Forest-Sequoia N.P. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Bear Cub-Sequoia National Park. Photo by Blitzo.
Bear Cub-Sequoia National Park. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Crazy desert clouds, Death Valley, NP
Crazy desert clouds, Death Valley, NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Forest-Sequoia N.P. Photo by Blitzo.
Forest-Sequoia N.P. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Death Valley-Spring. Photo by Blitzo.
Death Valley-Spring. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Titus Canyon, Death Valley
Titus Canyon, Death Valley
Rock Climbing Photo: Merced River Canyon, below El Portal, CA. Photo by...
Merced River Canyon, below El Portal, CA. Photo by...
Rock Climbing Photo: Seasonal Mass Snake Migration in Sinks Canyon.  Th...
Seasonal Mass Snake Migration in Sinks Canyon. Th...
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing in the Colorado/Sonoran Desert. Photo by ...
Climbing in the Colorado/Sonoran Desert. Photo by ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Zabriski Point, Death Valley NP.
Zabriski Point, Death Valley NP.
Rock Climbing Photo: Try Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Stout. 10% ABV....
Try Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Stout. 10% ABV....
Rock Climbing Photo: Tufa Towers-Mono Lake. Photo by Blitzo.
Tufa Towers-Mono Lake. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: The silky Eureka Dunes, Death Valley
The silky Eureka Dunes, Death Valley
Rock Climbing Photo: Joshua Tree
Joshua Tree
Rock Climbing Photo: California Poppy-State Flower. Photo by Blitzo.
California Poppy-State Flower. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Climber on Loose Lady, 5.10a Joshua Tree National ...
Climber on Loose Lady, 5.10a Joshua Tree National ...
Rock Climbing Photo: The ghost town, Bodie. Photo by Blitzo.
The ghost town, Bodie. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Bristlecone Pine-White Mountains. Photo by Blitzo.
Bristlecone Pine-White Mountains. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing magazine reader photo of the month winner...
Climbing magazine reader photo of the month winner...
Rock Climbing Photo: Joshua Tree. Photo by Blitzo
Joshua Tree. Photo by Blitzo
Rock Climbing Photo: Kirkwood Lake area. Photo by Blitzo.
Kirkwood Lake area. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Moro Rock-Sequoia National Park. Photo by Blitzo.
Moro Rock-Sequoia National Park. Photo by Blitzo.

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