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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.
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.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Central Sierra:
Crystal Planet 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 80' 5N06 of Sonora (2nd Quarry) : The Second Quarry
Squeaks of Gold 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 200' Calaveras Dome Area : Hammer Dome
Silk Road (High Times) 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13 Trad, 14 pitches, 1000' Calaveras Dome Area : Calaveras Dome
Men's Crisis Center 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 50' Table Mountain : The Grotto
Cell Block Six 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport, 1 pitch, 100' Sonora Pass (Hwy 108) : Jailhouse Rock
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Moon Shadows 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13 CA : Central Sierra : ... : Donnell Reservoir
Paddle across the reservoir in a canoe. Rack up on the Talus Island to the climber's right of Moon Shadows. Start out of a boat at the base of Moon Shadows. Climb to the top.Descent: Rappel either Sirens of the Stanislaus or Falcons of Neptune. Bolted belays up to the base of the crux pitch. There is no current report of folks rappelling Falcons of Neptune. Do note that Sirens of the Stanislaus will drop you about 100 meters to the left of Moon Shadows. From there you will either need a boat or ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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