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Elevation: 2,235'
Location: 38.03212, -120.39405 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Brian S on Jan 23, 2015  with updates from Joe Manlove and 2 more


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Limestone bouldering around the town of Columbia, California.

The primary boulders are located in the Columbia State Historic Park and on the campus of Columbia College.

Getting There 

Make your way to the town of Columbia, near the larger town of Sonora.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.1 miles from here

29 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Columbia Bouldering

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Columbia Bouldering:
Broken Face   V0 4     Boulder, 1 pitch, 10'   Columbia State Historic Par... : Horse Trail Boulders
Tent City Face   V0 4     Boulder, 1 pitch, 10'   Columbia State Historic Par... : Diggins Boulders
African Roof   V1 5     Boulder, 1 pitch, 15'   Columbia State Historic Par... : Diggins Boulders
Silver Arete   V2 5+     Boulder, 1 pitch, 12'   Columbia State Historic Par... : Horse Trail Boulders
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Rock Climbing Photo: Sonoralandia (V4)  I did a lot of scrubbing after ...

Sonoralandia V4 6B  California : Sonora Pass Highway (108) : ... : The Approach Boulders
Sit start (or just start low if you're short) with a large right hand undercling and a left hand around the arete. Work your way up, then right, topping out at the notch. Downclimb the back side for the descent....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By Chad Lawver
From: Yosemite Village, California
Nov 17, 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: Trash from the picnic boulders. Lots of broken gla...
Trash from the picnic boulders. Lots of broken glass...

There's a lot of trash in the area. If you are headed back to the Labrynth and have some spare room, take a bag along. Posting pictures here could help protect climbing in the future...
By Chad Lawver
From: Yosemite Village, California
Jan 12, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Another bag out!  Lots to go!
Another bag out! Lots to go!

Another bag out! Lots to go!
By Joe Manlove
From: Sonora, CA
Mar 4, 2016
I realize that many boulder problems are hard to find here, but all of Columbia's bouldering is on the campus of the college or in the state park. It hurts our case for access if any graffiti can be linked to climbers. Recently, I found that climbers had etched arrows into Lance's Arete pointing to Cellar Door and Dan's Cave. This can't happen here without risking closure (or as one of the faculty puts it, "there won't be any more spongebobs on the weekends").

(TLDR) Could we all please refrain from scratching directions to popular problems into rocks?

Rock Climbing Photo: graffiti on Lance's Arete
graffiti on Lance's Arete

By Lance Ruggles
May 15, 2016
Tons and tons of Poison Oak growing just about everywhere. Over growing parts of the trail back into the labryinth and at the base of alot of problems. Just a heads up. Also this place has tons of potential for development, an insane amount of untouched rock.
By Angie M
From: Colorado Springs, CO
May 22, 2016
Does anyone know where or if I can rent a pad in the area?
By Chad Lawver
From: Yosemite Village, California
Oct 21, 2016
Hey Angie, this is a bit delayed, but could help someone else. At this time, SNAC does not rent crash pads. I gave them a call and they do sell them though.
By Andrei kamalov
May 15, 2017
Conditions are not climbable as of mid-May. A lot of the climbing areas still have large pools of water at the base of the routes from the winter's rain. Some of the rocks that we saw still had ~2-3 foot deep puddles at their base. May want to wait a couple more months before venturing out there. image of puddle at base of horse trail boulders

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