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San Francisco Bay Area Rock Climbing 


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Old Training Ground Meets Locals' Playground 

While not generally thought of as a destination area for rock climbing, the pure number of visitors that head to the bay area for other purposes make this a great location for a quick day on the rock in between other commitments.

You can climb year round in the Bay Area, provided that winter rains haven't pummeled the area too recently. Often, inland areas are extremely hot in the summer, though the coastal areas will stay pleasant.

American Big Wall climbing took its first roots here, with locals practicing their skills on local rocks before heading to Yosemite for its renowned cliffs. Almost every area that has a chimney in Northern California was first climbed by Warren Harding or Forrest Shute, and you will often see a piton stuck in the rock left over from climbers of another age.

Berkeley, Castle Rock and Sonoma will hold your attention for a great day of bouldering. Mount Saint Helena or Lover's Leap (in the Tahoe area, but still only about 2 hours drive from most locations), or Table Mountain for a sport or trad experience.

Visitors and locals alike should check out the area along the Sonoma coast for a sport or bouldering experience unique to California, where waves, wind and rock found only here make an unforgettable day's climbing.

People with several days free in the Bay Area will probably want to head east to the Tahoe area in the summer or fall, to Yosemite for the trad folks, and perhaps all the way out (6-8 hours) to the Eastern Sierra areas like Bishop and Mammoth for a world class alpine, sport, or bouldering experience.

Unfortunately, a significant portion of the best climbing in the Bay Area is on private property, and unless you're in the know, you don't get to go.

The Bay Area's Areas



A few notes for first time visitors on where the rocks are clustered around here.


  • The East Bay is across the Bay Bridge from the city, and includes many parks in Berkeley and Oakland. The best climbing is near its eastern boundary, at Mount Diablo State Park.

  • The South Bay and Silicon Valley are south of the city. The most popular climbing areas here are in the Castle Rock Area, in the Santa Cruz Mountains. You can overhear tech employees talking about Google while you belay.

  • The North Bay starts north from the city across the famous Golden Gate Bridge, including Marin and neighboring counties. Climbing areas here include Mickey's Beach, Mount Tam and Ring Mountain.

  • Wine Country refers (Baycentrically) to wild and rural areas further north than the North Bay. This includes Napa, Sonoma and nearby counties, with climbing mostly on the rolling hills of the coast ranges, sometimes right on the scenic coast. Areas here include Mount St. Helena and The Nut Tree Boulders.

Most urban locales can be reached by BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) and connecting systems, or Uber if you're a high roller. Some crags are best reached by car, but keep in mind parking can be pricey in spots, and the bridges often collect tolls.

Climbing Season



Weather station 1.7 miles from here

1,144 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in San Francisco Bay Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for San Francisco Bay Area:
Watercourse   V1 5 R     TR, Boulder, 1 pitch, 30'   Berkeley : Indian Rock
Pegboard   V1 5     Boulder, 18'   Berkeley : Indian Rock
The Spoon   V1+ 5     Boulder, 10'   Castle Rock Loop : The Spoon
Mr Magoo   V1-2 5     Boulder, 10'   Magoos : Mr Magoo Boulder
The Ramp   V4 6B     Boulder, 10'   Berkeley : Mortar Rock
Table Scraps   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Mount St. Helena : Table Scraps Pinnacle
Cave Route   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 140'   Pine Canyon : The Rock of Ages
Shute-Mills Route   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Mount St. Helena : The Far Side
Aperitif   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Mount St. Helena : Table Scraps Pinnacle
Degeneration   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   Castle Rock Area : Waterfall Cliff
Mullah   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 50'   Castle Rock Area : California Ridge
Amazing Face   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Boy Scout Rocks : Lower Tier
The Great Roof   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Castle Rock Area : Goat Rock
Farewell to Arms   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Cragmont Park : Southeast Face
Silverado Squatters   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Mount St. Helena : The Bear
The Falls   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   Castle Rock Area : Waterfall Cliff
Rampage   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 60'   Mount St. Helena : The Bear
The Ladder   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   Mount St. Helena : The Bubble
Solar Power   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 40'   Mount St. Helena : The Bubble
Bolt Route   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Boy Scout Rocks : Lower Tier
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Featured Route For San Francisco Bay Area
Rock Climbing Photo: Aron reaching up for the big hold above the roof. ...

Captain Hook 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a California : San Francisco Bay Area : ... : The Treasure Chest
This route is FUN FUN FUN, and unique!This route begins on the arete on the left side of the Treasure Chest area, and is the second bolt line from the left. Climb up the left face of the arete - holds around the arete are on route as well - and into the strange roof-chimney. Climb out of the chimney and up on the right side of the slightly overhung face above it.I may be a little overly cautious giving this route the 's' rating, but climbing above the third bolt probably should scare you. Onc...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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The Golden Gate. Photo by Blitzo.
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Pier 39, SF.
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The Rock. SF bay.
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