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Panther Springs Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 3,200'
Location: 40.24717, -121.77778 View Map  Incorrect?
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Seemingly undeveloped basalt cliffs lining the rim of the South Fork of Antelope Creek Canyon. Heights range from 40-110 feet plus. North facing slope and lots of tall trees makes for a shady place to climb in the summer. Elevation below normal snow line means it is accessible most of the winter. Rock quality varies wall to wall from being completely solid to highly fractured and potentially loose. Vertically jointed rock excepts a variety of protection. No routes currently bolted, but there is tons of potential. Almost all routes can be top roped, as there are trees all along the top (extra rope or long slings to extend anchor). May need 80m rope to top rope taller routes. Moss and lichen galore, as it doesn't appear anyone has ever climbed here. Poison oak and nutmeg abound. Potentially hundreds of unclimbed routes here. Bring your sense of adventure.

Getting There 

About an hour and ten minutes from Red Bluff. Take highway 36 east out of Red Bluff for approximately 20 miles to the community of Paynes Creek. Turn right on Paynes Creek Loop and then right again on Plum Creek Road just past Paynes Creek Store (intermittently open, just the basics). Take Plum Creek Road approximately 8 miles to Ponderosa Way. Turn right on Ponderosa Way (dirt, not recommended for wimpy cars) and drive about 11-12 miles to 60P road. You will cross the three forks of Antelope Creek (north, middle and south) while on ponderosa way. Turn right on 60P and then right again after about 100 yards onto rough 4wd rd. This road will dead end after a couple hundred yards near the top of the cliff band. Easy draw to the west of dead end allows access to bottom of cliffs. 5 minute walk from parking to bottom of cliff. However, the cliff band is discontinuous and spread out. Make your way east or west (more walls to west) along the bottom of the cliff band to discover more walls. The going is steep, but not difficult. There are also possible routes right along ponderosa way that you will see as you climb out of the south fork canyon. There are potentially some good routes there but the better quality rock is off the 60P. Camping available on USFS land, but property boundaries aren't marked so bring a map or gps with property lines.

Climbing Season

For the Northeast California area.

Weather station 8.8 miles from here

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