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San Clemente/Rose Canyons
An out and back ride with great scenery. Near La Jolla, California
Torrey Pines Loop Trail
A quick loop boasting switchbacks, bridge crossings and small features. Near Del Mar, California
Switchbacks
Switchback your way to the top of Rancho La Costa Preserve on this steady-going singletrack. Near Lake San Marcos, California
Horned Lizard
A steeper cousin to Switchbacks, Horned Lizard ascends/descends the east side of the Rancho. Near Lake San Marcos, California
Whiptail Loop Trail
A winding singletrack that is similar to Horned Lizard. Near Lake San Marcos, California
Sword Way Trail
An easy single/doubletrack trail covering the length of the preserve. Near Fairbanks Ranch, California
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San Diego County Rock Climbing 


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Welcome to the San Diego County section of mountainproject.com. San Diego County is not exactly a destination climbing area, but the region has several well known and well respected climbing areas. The county has been divided by a north and south sections.

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1,310 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',98],['3 Stars',485],['2 Stars',556],['1 Star',160],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',53],['5.7',72],['5.8',93],['5.9',88],['5.10',267],['5.11',175],['5.12',71],['5.13',3],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',270],['V2-3',77],['V4-5',79],['V6-7',29],['V8-9',13],['V10-11',6],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in San Diego County

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for San Diego County:
Bright Eyes   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 220'   El Cajon Mountain : Blue Sky Wall
The Ramp   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Mission Gorge : Lunch Rock
The Y Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR   Dixon Lake : The Y Crack Area
Elsa's Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 20'   Mount Woodson : Poison Oak Boulder Area
Craig's Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 35'   Mission Gorge : Limbo Area
Meteor   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 4 pitches, 400'   El Cajon Mountain : Left Wall
Milkbar   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 35'   Mount Woodson : Milkbar Boulder
Suzie's Wild Ride   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Mission Gorge : Main Wall
Out of Sight   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 35'   Mount Woodson : Out of Sight Boulder Area
Leonids   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 3 pitches, 350'   El Cajon Mountain : Left Wall
Baby Robbins   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a V0- 4-     Trad, Boulder, 1 pitch, 15'   Mount Woodson : Jaws Boulder Area
Rockwork Orange   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 25'   Mount Woodson : Rockwork Orange Boulder
Sunset Streaks   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 5 pitches, 400'   Corte Madera : Main Wall
Robbins Crack   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 35'   Mount Woodson : Robbins Boulder
Crucible   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, TR, 25'   Mount Woodson : The Summit Area
Orange Sunshine   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Mission Gorge : Middle Earth
The Cave   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     TR, 20'   Mount Woodson : The Cave Area
Triton Tower   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 3 pitches, 360'   El Cajon Mountain : Left Wall
Jaws   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c V1 5     Trad, Boulder, 1 pitch, 15'   Mount Woodson : Jaws Boulder Area
Uncertainty Principle   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     TR, 1 pitch, 35'   Mount Woodson : Uncertainty Principle Area
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Featured Route For San Diego County
Rock Climbing Photo: Welcome to Rubidoux

Welcome to Rubidoux 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c  California : San Diego County : ... : Poison Oak Boulder Area
Technical crimping/edging on superb, bullet hard rock, followed by a brilliant 90 degree arete.The bottomless left arete is the obvious objective, and therein lies the problem, getting to the arete. Start a couple feet left of Slap You Silly. A hard pull on sharp crimps gives access to a left traverse across the face on patina edges. From the large foot edge at the end of the traverse move up, then left to the obvious stance at the base of the arete. From here one can finally do the stellar ...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

Photos of San Diego County Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: San Diego!
San Diego!
Rock Climbing Photo: Border of SD and one of those other Counties!!!
Border of SD and one of those other Counties!!!
Rock Climbing Photo: Chris Norwood on the FA of the Mega Chimney!!! Pho...
Chris Norwood on the FA of the Mega Chimney!!! Pho...
Rock Climbing Photo: Unknown 5.12 roof!
Unknown 5.12 roof!
Rock Climbing Photo: Yayerrrr!!!! FA of The Guardian!!!!
Yayerrrr!!!! FA of The Guardian!!!!
Rock Climbing Photo: Ocotillo, Anza Borrego State Park
Ocotillo, Anza Borrego State Park
Rock Climbing Photo: Desert reflections, Anza Borrego State Park
Desert reflections, Anza Borrego State Park
Rock Climbing Photo: Projecting The Lost Slab 5.12+!!! Photo by C. Norw...
Projecting The Lost Slab 5.12+!!! Photo by C. Norw...
Rock Climbing Photo: Bachar at the Magnolia Boulders.  Photo from Lynne...
Bachar at the Magnolia Boulders. Photo from Lynne...
Rock Climbing Photo: nice spot in sd
nice spot in sd
Rock Climbing Photo: The Z Crack at Easter Island. Photo by Dave Vaugha...
The Z Crack at Easter Island. Photo by Dave Vaugha...
Rock Climbing Photo: Corte Madera from the approach trail, San Diego Co...
Corte Madera from the approach trail, San Diego Co...
Rock Climbing Photo: Bodhisattva Arête!
Bodhisattva Arête!
Rock Climbing Photo: Mt. Woodson
Mt. Woodson
Rock Climbing Photo: Where else but San Diego?  My friend Kelly Kropko ...
Where else but San Diego? My friend Kelly Kropko ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Where else but San Diego?  My friend Kelly Kropko ...
Where else but San Diego? My friend Kelly Kropko ...
Rock Climbing Photo: SD has some of the most unusually weathered granit...
SD has some of the most unusually weathered granit...
Rock Climbing Photo: Dave at Easter Island. '87
Dave at Easter Island. '87
Rock Climbing Photo: Das crew on one of our many adventures!! This is t...
Das crew on one of our many adventures!! This is t...
Rock Climbing Photo: Dixon Lake
Dixon Lake
Rock Climbing Photo: Visitor Center, Anza Borrego SP
Visitor Center, Anza Borrego SP
Rock Climbing Photo: Cholla cactus, Anza Borrego SP
Cholla cactus, Anza Borrego SP
Rock Climbing Photo: Roadside art, Borrego Springs
Roadside art, Borrego Springs
Rock Climbing Photo: Eagle Peak, San Diego County
Eagle Peak, San Diego County

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By frenchy
Apr 27, 2009
San Diego county has ALOT to offer in California , you have Mt. Woodson , Santee boulders , lakeside boulders, Valley of the moon , Lake Dixon just to list a few with many more from bouldering , top roping, sport and trad climbing . there are a couple really good guide books to send you on your way ... F.
By ZachS00
From: Denver, CO
Apr 29, 2009
i'm thinking about a move to san diego. is there any overhung sport?
By Robert Buswold
From: Longmont, CO
Jul 29, 2010
Do yourself a favor and hit El Cajon mountain. I really enjoyed multi-pitch face climbing on this mountain.
By dss
Nov 5, 2010
I just booked a trip to S.D. for February 18-24, 2011 and I'd like to do some climbing (limited--my wife's not into it). I see that there are some boulders in the area but I'd also like to do a bit of sport climbing and I'm not crazy enough to free solo. What with luggage limitations, I'll only have room for shoes, chalk, and maybe a harness. Is there a good climbing gym where I might find some people heading out to J-Tree or other crags? We'll be staying on Sail Bay. Thanks.
By lange jeffries
Mar 24, 2011
Hello my name is Lange jeffries and just moved here from Salt lake city. Been climbing 26 years all sorts. Looking for a room to rent in the San dieago area and cool partners. Please Email me at sideshowlange@yahoo.com if anyone can help out. Pass the word not looking for anything fancy. Thanks
By Localclimber
Mar 29, 2011
Eagle Peak has some really great overhung muti pitch climbing come check it out!
By Adam Stackhouse
Administrator
Feb 26, 2013
By Sdm1568
From: Ca
Aug 24, 2014
^^^^ I think Santee is due for another cleanup, does anyone know of one soon?

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