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The Bowling Ball Rock Climbing 

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Location: 40.39774, -123.3332 View Map  Incorrect?
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The Bowling Ball is a separate formation from the main crag at Marble Caves, although clearly visible along the ridgeline to the northwest. Premium white, yellow, orange, and blue streaked limestone, and host to a number of fine routes, including Marble Caves' most difficult offerings.

Getting There 

Follow the primary directions for Marble Caves; at the pasture, rather than heading left for the main wall, continue driving straight for ~5 minutes. Look for a small boulder on your left with a cairn on top, adjacent to a small pullout. The climbers trail is slightly vague, but generally head downhill and a little left for about 5 minutes, and you should come around the left side of the crag.

Climbing Season

For the Redwood Coast area.

Weather station 2.1 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Fearless Leader 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  California : Redwood Coast : ... : The Bowling Ball
Moderate face for a few bolts, then pull a crux bulge on long reaches between jugs. Gain a no-hands rest above the bulge, then pull an easier crux moving left into good incut holds. Finish on a short hand crack. Pretty soft for .11d as Humboldt grades go, but really quality climbing....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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