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2nd Street Scene T 
Black Corner T 
Black Crack, The T 
Blow By T 
Bohemian Blvd. T 
Cafe Society T 
Corner Shot T 
Deviant S 
Eat Crow T 
Festivs T,TR 
Finger Crack, The T 
flash lingo T,TR 
Freebie Jeebies T 
Io's Hidden Pleasure Point S,TR 
Lady Fantasy T 
Loading Zone, The T,TR 
MInor Munginella T 
Mud Butt S 
Project TR 
Scatmando T 
Serenity Now T,TR 
Staggering for Justice TR 
Sure Thing T 
Three Idiots Traverse, The T 
Traitor Horn T 
Yesterday's Man T,TR 

The Loading Zone  Rock Climbing 

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Administrators: Aron Quiter, Rick Shull, Lurker, Muscrat, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Muscrat on May 16, 2015


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Routes on the central section of the Loading Zone.

Access road is not plowed in winter MORE INFO >>>


Fine-grained volcanic basalt, 70' (+/-) tall, this crag is a great place to tune one's trad skills. All routes are accessible from the top. If toproping, bring additional slings/webbing, as not all routes have bolted belays.

Sun and shade are seasonal, one can almost always find one or the other, as the crag is south west facing and at points shaded by tall trees. All climbs top out on large plateau with walk off to climbers right. Access trail to the top starts on the other side of a wet/boggy area to climbers right.

As the years have progressed, and the area climbed more often, the sometimes dirty rock has cleaned up quite nicely. Beware of the occasional loose rock, dirt, and wildlife.

Getting There 

See directions on the main Warner Valley page.

Climbing Season

For the Northeast California area.

Weather station 8.0 miles from here

26 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Loading Zone

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Loading Zone :
Io's Hidden Pleasure Point   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Ayaka at the overhang on Scatmando.

Scatmando 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  California : Northeast California : ... : The Loading Zone
Has to be one of the best at the crag. Easier than it looks, maybe. The more you climb the crack (leaving the face holds out) the harder it becomes. Good practice for pulling difficult roofs. Climb up the well protected corner to a fun hand traverse left. Pull onto the ledge...or head straight up the crack....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: The central portion of the Loading Zone.
The central portion of the Loading Zone.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Loading Zone, Warner Valley
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By Muscrat
Aug 17, 2015
Not sure who the (expletive deleted, expletive deleted, expletive deleted,) were that did what they did at Loading Zone, but don't get caught pulling shit like that no-mo. Trash, tape labels at the base of every climb, Eco terrorism (plants and trees smashed, a BS 'bridge' built across the wet spot, etc). If you don't know how to behave in nature, or at the crags, stay home.

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