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Outlaw Ridge Rock Climbing 

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Location: 38.9203, -121.0163 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Justin Johnsen on Apr 24, 2013


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The northern band of Cool-Cave Valley Limestone across the American River Middle Fork from Auburn Quarry. Interpretive signs on the Quarry Trail point out its little spires, crags and gullies. This place has a climbing history, hoping someone may fill us in on names or details?

Not worth visiting for its own sake, but if you're sightseeing, mountain biking, running or hiking the trails just off this pullout on Old Foresthill Road, it's worth a scramble or boulder, and the views. It was a fun short stop in my trail runners, better still with sticky soles.

This is what Auburn Quarry must have looked like two centuries ago. Natural limestone walls with ledges and many features, covered in dirt, loose rock, spiky little plants, poison oak and bird droppings. The formation are short and the walls are generally not seep, as they were not quarried into convenient vertical climbing walls like the rock across the river.

Getting There 

Confluence Trailhead pullout on the Mammoth Bar road, a bit downhill from Old Foresthill Road. Follow the Confluence trail west and downhill from there around a mile, and you'll be on top of the limestone. Follow a use trail downhill when you see the formation. Beware of poison oak and rattlesnakes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.7 miles from here

1 Total Climbing Routes

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By Nukem
From: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Apr 26, 2013
trad routes with bolted anchors, approach sucks, routes ehh short and nothing to brag about not really worth the time my friends

^^ whats this bouldering only stuff? the quarry itself is only open for climbing Fri-Sun and holidays. the sport routes next to the river fair game anytime, as well as the bouldering on the river
By Justin Johnsen
From: California
Apr 26, 2013
Brennen, is rock inside the SRA but outside the quarry fair game for roped climbing now?
By Nukem
From: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Apr 26, 2013
i have never had any issues with it, i have also never heard that it wasnt okay outside the quarry, the only time i have been asked not to climb has been in the quarry, never at mammoth bar sport routes or clementine wall or the spires across from the quarry, i see that your gonna be climbing with us this weekend, lets talk more then!
By Justin Johnsen
From: California
Apr 26, 2013
Perfect, see ya tomorrow!
By Kelley Gilleran
From: Sacramento, Ca
May 9, 2013
This area is chossy and full of poison oak. Does not seem like this is destined to be a classic crag. Its rock and you can climb it tho.

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