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West Ravine Trail
Flowy loose granite hardpack with a kicker climb out-of-the-box. Near Auburn Lake Trails, CA
West Ridge
Offers excellent views of the Cronan Ranch Valley. Near Cameron Park, CA
Magnolia to Cronan Loop
A nice loop ride with great switchback downhills and views of the American River. Near Auburn Lake Trails, CA
El Dorado Trail
A fun, scenic, off-the-beaten-path ride on the old railroad corridor. Near Placerville, CA
Coyote Point Trail
Great intermediate technical singletrack. Near Jackson, CA
Jenkinson Lake aka Sly Park
A great beginner trail with great views. It stays cool during hot summer months Near Placerville, CA
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Between the populous climbing destinations of Yosemite and the Tahoe area lies a more obscure section of the Sierra Nevada. It includes better known areas such as Table Mountain and the Calaveras Dome Area, as well as seldom visited or climbed mountain rock. Like all regions the span the breadth of the Sierra Nevada, it can be climbed in all seasons by moving to a currently comfortable elevation.

Much of this region falls within the boundaries of the Stanislaus National Forest, including some overlapping wilderness areas at its borders.

The last major towns you'll pass on the west side of this region are where the three highways leave highway 49 in the Gold Country: Jackson (for highway 88 climbing areas), Angels Camp (for highway 4), and Sonora (for highway 108). All three are historic and thrive on tourism. You'll find food, gas, and at least basic outdoor supplies at all three. Sonora has at least one outfitter selling climbing gear.

Getting There 

The three main trans-Sierra highways of Carson Pass (highway 88), Ebbetts Pass (highway 4) and Sonora Pass (highway 108) are used to reach these areas by visitors.

All three of these state highways close during the winter, in response to current conditions. See the Cal Trans website for these.
State Road 4 conditions.
State Road 88 conditions.
State Road 108 conditions.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.6 miles from here

117 Total Routes

['4 Stars',16],['3 Stars',36],['2 Stars',46],['1 Star',17],['Bomb',2]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Central Sierra:
Table Manners   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Bandito   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Gemini Cracks   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches   Calaveras Dome Area : Hammer Dome
Sands of Time   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 11 pitches, 1000'   Calaveras Dome Area : Calaveras Dome
Go with the Flow   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Color Coded Quickdraws   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Table Mountain : Ort Wall
Three Fingered Jack   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Crystal Planet   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   5N06 of Sonora (2nd Quarry) : The Second Quarry
War of the Walls   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Trad, Grade IV   Calaveras Dome Area : Calaveras Dome
Rawhide   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
AC Devil Dog   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Squeaks of Gold   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 200'   Calaveras Dome Area : Hammer Dome
Snake Bite   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Silk Road (High Times)   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13     Trad, 14 pitches, 1000'   Calaveras Dome Area : Calaveras Dome
Squealer   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Men's Crisis Center   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Iron Junkie   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 90'   Sonora Pass (Hwy 108) : Jailhouse Rock
Soap on a Rope   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Sonora Pass (Hwy 108) : Jailhouse Rock
Cell Block Six   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Sonora Pass (Hwy 108) : Jailhouse Rock
Fugitive   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Sonora Pass (Hwy 108) : Jailhouse Rock
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Featured Route For Central Sierra
Somewhere on Flight Simulator, Aron pulls onward.

Flight Simulator 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b  CA : Central Sierra : ... : The Grotto
Using the top anchor for A.C. Devil Dog (5.10d) and Table Manners (5.8), there is a bolt just right of this top anchor nearly directly above A.C. Devil Dog, which leads straight up the severly overhung upper headwall of the Grotto. This is Flight Simulator. Climb up large jugs for the first three bolts on hellaciously overhung but really solid rock. For the final two bolts and to the top anchors, climbing gets balancy and remains powerful. All moves are pumpy, all moves are excellent.A Fall i...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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