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101 Slab S 
Ahab's Slab S 
Captain Albert Alexander S 
Captain Longbeard S 
Captain Weirdbeard S 
Captain Weirdbeard Original Start T 
Cave Dweller S 
Cthulhu's Reawakening TR 
Gardyloo S 
Guilty Pleasure S 
Hole in the Hull TR 
Land Ho! S 
Magellan's Voyage S 
Magellan's Voyage (old traverse finish) S 
Man Overboard TR 
Me First Eyepatch S,TR 
No Man's Land S 
Rated Arrrgh! T 
Sailor Jerry's S,TR 

High Bluffs Rock Climbing 

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Location: 41.50877, -124.07899 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Evan Wisheropp on Oct 5, 2015
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High Bluffs is a fantastic little crag near Lost Rocks. The routes became lost in time because the original bolts were overly rusted and poorly positioned, it has since gone through a full rebolting. The rock is very unique, with significant incut holds and cool pockets that make climbing very unique and enjoyable. Routes range from 5.8-5.11, the majority being 5.8. Most of the routes start on large boulders above the beach, and are safe from even very large waves (careful in winter). The position provides quite a thrill.

The new bolts are 14mmx110mm titanium glue-ins. The rebolting is emphasizing good protection and safe climbing (solid bolts in the most solid rock, good clipping stances, and clean falls).

Of important consideration here, as well as climbing anywhere from Moonstone to Footsteps, is that these rocks all have cultural importance to the Yurok Tribe. It is important that we respect the rocks and the surrounding land. Climbers tend to respect nature, so let's continue to show it. Clean up after yourselves have low impact. I was once asked by a representative of the Yurok to ask climbers to say a prayer before climbing as a sign of respect towards the cultural significance of all of these rocks in HumCo/DelNorte. I am all for the cultural reminder and suggest others take the time to do the same.

The waves, the rock, the views, and the cultural significance all make this place an amazing, powerful, and often magical place to climb.

Getting There 

Driving Directions:
Take the Klamath Beach Road exit off of HW 101 and head west. After few minutes turn left following signs for High Bluffs Overlook. Another 3 minutes later, you'll take your first right onto a dirt road (Coastal Drive), and then an immediate left down past an open gate.

Hiking Directions:
From the parking lot, walk down to the vista point, and head down a hidden path five feet left of the wooden fence. The trail opens up after a bit and heads southwest along the ridge. After 150 yards and near the end of the ridge, follow the path left to the two lone spruce trees.

CLIFF TOP ACCESS: From these two trees, turn right (west) and follow a fixed line across the top of the cliff. Do one 160' rappel with two ropes or two 80' raps.

LEAD ROUTE ACCESS: From these two trees, turn left (east) and follow a good path to the base of the cliff. At the base of the trail, find a suitable way down to the beach. When the creek isn't flowing, a black fixed line on your right will help you down to the beach. Each of the routes start on either one of the three large boulders, or down on the beach during low tide. Access the larger boulder by a short 4th class on the southeast corner.


High Bluffs is fantastic most times of the year, but like all coastal climbing, be sure to check the swell before heading out. Remember, winter usually comes with BIG swells, and will sometimes make the area unclimbable. The main boulder is 25' above sea level, so keep that in mind when looking at the tide and swell levels.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.5 miles from here

19 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in High Bluffs

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for High Bluffs:
Ahab's Slab   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
No Man's Land   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Captain Albert Alexander   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Me First Eyepatch   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
Magellan's Voyage   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   
Cave Dweller   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Sailor Jerry's   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   
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Featured Route For High Bluffs
Rock Climbing Photo: Ben Flores climbing Ahab Slab on the new bolts.

Ahab's Slab 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  California : Redwood Coast : High Bluffs
This route starts between the two giant holes and follows several bolts up the center wall. Lots of enjoyable steep climbing down low followed by a tricky crux around the 4th bolt. Easier and enjoyable slab follows.Fun!Recently rebolted with titanium glue-ins....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: View from the beach, and the start of "Man Ov...
View from the beach, and the start of "Man Ov...
Rock Climbing Photo: Old vs. New
Old vs. New
Rock Climbing Photo: Lots of fun climbing!
Lots of fun climbing!
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New Titanium Ram's Horns anchors are installed on ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Aerial photo of High Bluffs from the California Co...
Aerial photo of High Bluffs from the California Co...
Rock Climbing Photo: My redirected solo-TR set up for both Captain Weir...
My redirected solo-TR set up for both Captain Weir...
Rock Climbing Photo: Cool views towards Split Rock (No Climbing allowed...
Cool views towards Split Rock (No Climbing allowed...
Rock Climbing Photo: High Bluffs!
High Bluffs!

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By Evan Wisheropp
May 14, 2016
Don't miss the topo!

Rock Climbing Photo: The High Bluffs revival is finally complete! This ...
The High Bluffs revival is finally complete! This is the final, updated topo.

X = New bolts
Z = Old bolts in decent condition

1. 101 Slab (5.5)
2. Sailor Jerry's (5.10)
3. Me First Eyepatch (5.9+)
4. Cave Dweller (5.10b)
5. Land Ho! (5.8)
6. Hole In The Hull (5.8)
7. Ahab Slab (5.8)
8. Captain Albert Alexander (5.8)
9. Captain Weirdbeard (5.8)
10. Captain Longbeard (5.8+)
11. Gardyloo (5.4 PG13)
12. Captain Weirdbeard Original Start (5.9-5.10 gear, sand level dependent)
13. Rated Arrrgh! (5.10a PG13 gear)
14. No Man's Land (5.8)
15. Man Overboard (5.7)
16. Magellan's Voyage (5.10a)
17. Magellan's Shortcut (5.10b)
18. Cathulu's Reawakening (5.10d)
19. Journey to Valhalla (5.12?)
20. Guilty Pleasure (5.11)
By Audrianna Thompson
Jun 28, 2016
I wanted to ask if anyone had beta to add for High Bluffs climbing: camping/dirtbag stays? I'm heading out there soon and wanted to get some info on camping near the climb site. Looking at the local RV parks and KOAs, its ridiculously expensive! Thanks a million INA.
By Evan Wisheropp
Jun 28, 2016
The nearest camping is Flint Ridge, just a mile or so up the coastal drive from the High Bluffs gate. I hear it is an excellent excellent campsite, but I think you are supposted to register at the ranger station first. There is a no camping sign at the parking lot, either way, there isn't really anywhere to camp down there anyway. I'm sure sleeping in the car wouldn't count as camping. That's all I can think of in the immediate area. Hopefully that's somewhat helpful.

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