|By Jason Kim |
From San Diego, CA
Jun 3, 2013
Mission Gorge is the closest and most convenient option, and would probably keep you busy for a full day or two, if you climb everything in the sport-bolted 5.7-11a range. Most of these routes will be short (30-50 feet) and many feature bolted anchors. Like most crags, it can get crowded on the easier climbs, especially on weekends. If you troll MP or the SD meetup groups you should be able to find a partner without too much difficulty.
If you climb at MG, beware that many climbs will take some gear, with bolts to protect the faces. The route beta here on MP is generally pretty good and will steer you in the right direction.
If you want to sample some of the best sport climbing here in SD, I'd recommend El Cajon Mtn. It's not far from downtown (20-30 min. drive) but a somewhat strenuous, 90 minute approach along a well-marked trail helps to keep the crowds down. There are a bunch of really fun, multi-pitch sport routes in the 5.8-11 range. It gets hot out there, but October should be perfect weather.
Eagle Peak and Corte are also excellent, but a bit farther and less convenient access, IMO.