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Columbia State Historic Park Rock Climbing 

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Location: 38.03575, -120.40007 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Brian S on Jan 23, 2015  with updates from Chad Lawver


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Columbia State Park is a hidden bouldering mecca in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Hydraulic gold mining in the 1850's unveiled an extensive amount of marble and limestone rock in the town of Columbia. The gold was depleted in the 1860's, and the town somehow survived until 1945, when it was designated a State Historic Park.

The area was first developed by the hardmen of the 70's and 80's, and has been further developed in recent years by a handful of locals. The most recent guidebook, by Dean Flemming and Daniel Forbes, can be purchased in downtown Sonora at the Sierra Nevada Adventure Company (SNAC). They also carry a decent amount of gear. The guidebook is highly recommended, as navigating the area can be extremely difficult.

The easiest accessed areas are the Picnic, Diggins, Stage Coach, and Horse Trail Boulders, but for a true adventure, try to make time to explore the Labyrinth.

Be cautious of poison oak, rattlesnakes, hobos and mountain lions. In that order....

Getting There 

Follow the many signs to the State Historic Park on your way to the town of Columbia. Park at the large paved parking lot. The Picnic Boulders will be visible across the way.

Climbing Season

For the Sonora Pass Highway (108) area.

Weather station 1.3 miles from here

24 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Columbia State Historic Park

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Columbia State Historic Park:
Broken Face   V0 4     Boulder, 1 pitch, 10'   Horse Trail Boulders
Tent City Face   V0 4     Boulder, 1 pitch, 10'   Diggins Boulders
African Roof   V1 5     Boulder, 1 pitch, 15'   Diggins Boulders
Silver Arete   V2 5+     Boulder, 1 pitch, 12'   Horse Trail Boulders
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Featured Route For Columbia State Historic Park
Rock Climbing Photo: African Roof (V1)

African Roof V1 5  California : Sonora Pass Highway (108) : ... : Diggins Boulders
Start on the edge of the separated block. Reach back and up to the flaky jugs. Climb straight up....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: African Roof (V1)
African Roof (V1)
Rock Climbing Photo: Underworld (V1)
BETA PHOTO: Underworld (V1)
Rock Climbing Photo: Pope Problem 426 (V1)
Pope Problem 426 (V1)
Rock Climbing Photo: Big Easy (V0)
Big Easy (V0)
Rock Climbing Photo: Traverse of the Gods
BETA PHOTO: Traverse of the Gods
Rock Climbing Photo: Scrambling around the Labyrinth!
Scrambling around the Labyrinth!
Rock Climbing Photo: Generic view of the Labyrinth
Generic view of the Labyrinth

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