Best Rock Climbing in California

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California, Mono County

01 :20 hrs
1.3 mi
310.9746 ft
Various

Located above McLeod Lake, Mammoth Crest is the prominent wide-ranging wall that can be seen from the town of Mammoth Lakes. Here you will find a quiet alpine wall that features routes ranging from 2-3 pitches. There are 6 different sections of this wall with “Sector 4” being located near the center of the formation. Approach from the Horseshoe Lake parking area, which is located within a deforested area where volcanic grasses have killed the trees. Follow Mammoth Pass Trail until reaching the trail junction. Take the trail that leads to McLeod Lake. After reaching the lake, skirt the outside of the lake to the south end. Hike up through the talus field to reach a small cliff band. From here head up and right to the base of the wall. To reach Sector 4, head southeast (left) along the base of the formation.

2

California, El Dorado County

00 :33 hrs
0.8 mi
84.72864 ft
Various

Lover’s Leap features attractive granite with excellent dykey slab climbing. It holds some of the finest multi-pitch traditional climbing in Northern California. The East Wall is a 400-ft. wall on the left side of the leap. You will find the highest concentration of trad routes here. Most routes are 3 pitches and require a walk-off of the top and to the left. The approach trail is well maintained and wide. It is a popular crag and will be crowded on summer weekends. Peregrine Falcons nest seasonally at Lover’s Leap. A closure is in place at the center of the wall from April 1st- September 30th. Be sure to know which routes this applies to

3

California, Napa County

00 :59 hrs
1.3 mi
232.47156 ft
Various

Located on Mt. St. Helena, The Bubble is the first slab you come across as you hike along the fire road that ascends to the peak. Routes here are bolted sport routes on uniquely pocketed volcanic rock. Approach from the pullout on the west side of Lake County Hwy. (CA-29) and hike up steep switchbacks until reaching the fire road. Once on the fire road hike to the sharp left hand bend where The Bubble slab is hard to miss.

4

Nevada, Clark County

00 :21 hrs
0.5 mi
62.286743 ft
Various

The Gallery is one of the more popular and classic walls in the second pullout of Calico in Red Rocks. It has at least 18 routes covering a wide range of difficulties. All of the routes are bolted. The Gift is one of the most classic routes on the wall. It's been in several climbing videos. Please pickup a human waste bag and dispose of it properly.

5

California, El Dorado County

00 :57 hrs
1.4 mi
151.82654 ft
Various

Located up Eagle Creek Canyon on the west side of Lake Tahoe, this secluded crag offers some solitude and a beautiful overall experience. The approach follows a well-established trail to Eagle Lake Cliff. From Eagle Lake Cliff look for the sheer section of rock behind a cedar tree above the river that feeds Eagle Lake. It receives morning sun and is a good escape from the heat in the late afternoon. If you are camping a wilderness permit is required

6

California, Tuolumne County

00 :09 hrs
0.1 mi
33.36548 ft
Various

Lembert Dome is the prominent dome that dominates the eastern end of Tuolumne Meadows. It is located off Tioga Road, next to Dog Lake. If you are camping a wilderness permit is required and camping is prohibited within one mile of Tioga Road. The west face of the Dome offers mostly beginner routes with a couple difficult routes as well. Some of the classics are “The Water Cracks”, “Werner’s Wiggle”, “Truckin’ Drive” and “Rawl Drive”. The approach is easy and obvious from the parking lot.

7

California, Tuolumne County

00 :17 hrs
0.3 mi
61.756348 ft
Various

Lembert Dome is the obvious large dome just off Tioga Road in Tuolumne Meadows about 0.3 miles east of the Tuolumne Meadows Store. The North West offers steep multipitch routes, with the standout routes being “Northwest Books”, “Direct Northwest Face”, and “Crying Time Again”. Approach from the parking area on Stables Road.

8

California, Tuolumne County

00 :35 hrs
0.7 mi
111.84082 ft
Various

Located about a half mile south of “Medlicott Dome”, Dozier Dome offers the highest concentration of easier routes with quality slab, crack and knob climbing in Tuolumne Meadows. Dozier Dome can be seen from Hwy 120 as the lower formation located south of Medlicott Dome. Park along the shoulder of the road about 100 yards west of the paved pullout area for “Low Profile Dome”. Approach by following Cairns for 50 yards into the trees. Cross a major hiking trail as you continue to hike towards the slab. The main routes here “Erret by Bit”, “Holdless Horror”, “Tourette’s” and “Dumpster Evangelist” just to name a few.

9

California, Inyo County

00 :02 hrs
0.1 mi
3.149292 ft
Various

Alabama Dome is located within the Alabama Hills recreation area of the Eastern Sierra Nevada range, just outside of Lone Pine California. The Alabama Dome formation sits near the Arizona Dome off to the east side of Horseshoe Meadows Road and offers great rock with easy access. The stand out routes here are Blockade Runner, Dihedral Dance and gone With the Wind. Park along a small pullout area on the east side of Horseshoe Meadows Road and hike a short distance to the formation.

10

California, Marin County

00 :17 hrs
0.4 mi
60.19873 ft
Various

With great views of the bay area below, South Rock is located on Mount Tamalpais’ East Peak. Routes here are old school slabby top rope and trad lead climbs that are easier than they appear. Approach from the East Peak parking area and hike 10-15 minutes to the old fire lookout tower. From the tower, head south along the hiker trail before splitting off to the right.

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