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Mount Woodson Rock Climbing 


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Description 

Mount Woodson is a San Diego classic with short climbs on great granite. Woodson is made up of hundreds of boulders of all sizes. This area has been known in the past as a bouldering area. However, there are good top rope and lead climbs as well. Woodson has some great practice aid routes to train on. Woodson has a paved road that you can walk up and access the varies climbs as you walk to the antennas at the top of the mountain. Beware if you do not know where you are going you can end up doing a lot of bushwhacking to get to climbs.

Beyond the old classics, a lot of new traffic has brought about some outstanding albeit hard new classics.
Rock Climbing Photo: !986 Woodson Comp. Promotional (Front)
!986 Woodson Comp. Promotional (Front)
Rock Climbing Photo: Ron Kauk. First Annual Stone Masters Competition 1...
Ron Kauk. First Annual Stone Masters Competition 1986. Photo: M. Stewart

Getting There 

Take Hwy 8 to the 67. Go on the 67 for approximately 17 miles. When you get to the Poway Road junction 14 miles from Hwy 8 continue 3 more miles on the 67. You will see Mount Woodson littered with boulders on the left side of the road.There is parking along the 67 near the Forest service fire station.

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.8 miles from here

285 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',37],['3 Stars',131],['2 Stars',99],['1 Star',17],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',9],['5.8',16],['5.9',14],['5.10',51],['5.11',68],['5.12',33],['5.13',2],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',42],['V2-3',22],['V4-5',27],['V6-7',7],['V8-9',4],['V10-11',3],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Mount Woodson

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Mount Woodson:
Elsa's Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 20'   Poison Oak Boulder Area
Poison Oak Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 35'   Poison Oak Boulder Area
North East Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 20'   Sunday Afternoon Boulder
East Flake   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 25'   Sunday Afternoon Boulder
Sickle Crack   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 20'   Sickle Crack Boulder
Milkbar   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 35'   Milkbar Boulder
Big Horn   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c V0- 4-     Trad, Boulder, 12'   The Cave Area
Out of Sight   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 35'   Out of Sight Boulder Area
Baby Robbins   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a V0- 4-     Trad, Boulder, 1 pitch, 15'   Jaws Boulder Area
Big Grunt   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     TR, 30'   Poison Oak Boulder Area
Hamburger Crack   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a V0 4     Trad, Boulder, 9'   Poison Oak Boulder Area
Robbins Crack   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 35'   Robbins Boulder
Rockwork Orange   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 25'   Rockwork Orange Boulder
Crucible   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, TR, 25'   The Summit Area
Digit's Delight   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, TR, 20'   The Cave Area
The Cave   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     TR, 20'   The Cave Area
Jaws   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c V1 5     Trad, Boulder, 1 pitch, 15'   Jaws Boulder Area
Eric's Face   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     TR, 25'   Robbins Boulder
Uncertainty Principle   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     TR, 1 pitch, 35'   Uncertainty Principle Area
Hear My Train A Comin'   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 35'   Hear My Train A Comin' Boul...
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Rock Climbing Photo: milkbar through the trees

Milkbar 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  California : San Diego County : ... : Milkbar Boulder
Milk bar is the perfect finger crack that you will see as you face the rock. The crux comes near the top.You lieback the small roof to pull through crux. Crack takes small cams stem out for good feet. This is a fairly soft 5.9 and a fun classic....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

Photos of Mount Woodson Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Ron Kauk on Mother Superior (5.11+), Mount Woodson...
Ron Kauk on Mother Superior (5.11+), Mount Woodson...
Rock Climbing Photo: 1986 Bouldering Comp.
1986 Bouldering Comp.
Rock Climbing Photo: Long's Cracks view
Long's Cracks view
Rock Climbing Photo: John Weinberg on Death Vomit V4
John Weinberg on Death Vomit V4
Rock Climbing Photo: Mt. Woodson sunrise.
Mt. Woodson sunrise.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ron Amick with scorecard for the 1986 California B...
Ron Amick with scorecard for the 1986 California B...
Rock Climbing Photo: Uncertainty Principle, Mount Woodson.
Uncertainty Principle, Mount Woodson.
Rock Climbing Photo: 1986 Mt. Woodson Bouldering Comp. Visitor/Particip...
1986 Mt. Woodson Bouldering Comp. Visitor/Particip...
Rock Climbing Photo: Winner: 1986 Stone Masters Competition.
Winner: 1986 Stone Masters Competition.
Rock Climbing Photo: 1986 Mt. Woodson Comp. Promotional (Back)
1986 Mt. Woodson Comp. Promotional (Back)
Rock Climbing Photo: 1986 Mt. Woodson Comp. Route Name - Description - ...
1986 Mt. Woodson Comp. Route Name - Description - ...
Rock Climbing Photo: missing link trail
missing link trail
Rock Climbing Photo: no shortage of boulders around these parts...
no shortage of boulders around these parts...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jonny Gipson on the Leap problem
BETA PHOTO: Jonny Gipson on the Leap problem
Rock Climbing Photo: Just another Woodson boulder...
Just another Woodson boulder...
Rock Climbing Photo: !986 Bouldering competition.
!986 Bouldering competition.
Rock Climbing Photo: 1986 Bouldering competition.
1986 Bouldering competition.
Rock Climbing Photo: big mac?
big mac?
Rock Climbing Photo: Whatever........
BETA PHOTO: Whatever........
Rock Climbing Photo: The classic 5.10 face V1
The classic 5.10 face V1
Rock Climbing Photo: Woody
Woody
Rock Climbing Photo: A day after the rain came through
A day after the rain came through
Rock Climbing Photo: Woodson from Dos Picos County Park in Ramona
Woodson from Dos Picos County Park in Ramona
Rock Climbing Photo: Uncertainty Principle Area
Uncertainty Principle Area

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By Adam Stackhouse
Administrator
Jun 29, 2006
Taking a pair of hand pruners/loppers would be good idea to aid others
By Adam Stackhouse
Administrator
Apr 6, 2010
5.12 Trifecta! Check it out...


By G.McCay
From: Galloway, NJ
Feb 4, 2011
A trio of roadside boulders heading up the road on Mt. Woodson...

By Adam Stackhouse
Administrator
Feb 4, 2011
Gary,

I worked that stupid mantle problem back in the day. Your video illustrated my exact performance sans the swearing. 5.11 for sure!
By EliotAC
From: Mill Valley
Feb 26, 2011
Jaws graffiti removal a few weeks ago...
By HunterCody
From: San Diego
Jul 31, 2013



CRUXMedia and HairlessMonkeyFilms bring you the first episode of "Crimpin' Aint Easy." Episode 1 features professional climbers Roland Wagner and Chris Lindner and was shot on location around several well known rock climbing havens in Southern California including: Mt. Woodson, Black Mountain and Tramway.
By Daniel Gloven
From: Denver, CO
Sep 29, 2013
Mount Woodson topos:

Rock Climbing Photo: Mount Woodson Topo - Lower
Mount Woodson Topo - Lower




Rock Climbing Photo: Mount Woodson Topo - Upper
Mount Woodson Topo - Upper
By Benjamin Quinones
Apr 23, 2016
Found a harness yesterday 4/22 near vomitorium and tower 2. let me know what it looks like and how I can get it to you and we'll see what we can do!

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