|Hospital Rock Area
The local quartzite playground. Despite being about 45 minutes from Visalia/Exeter with an easy approach, it's likely you'll be the only climbers at the crag. There is a lot of potential here.
Routes are short (1-3 pitches), varied in difficulty, and most of them can be top roped.
Although not abundant, more difficult routes and projects have definitely been found.
Good to keep in mind as a plan B for when the weather on Moro turns ugly, but there is enough climbing to fill a day here. The weather is tolerable pretty much all year, it's never really crowded, easily accessible, and only a short walking distance to bathrooms and picnic tables. Excellent spot for an afternoon of climbing, swimming, and barbecuing.
Bears, mosquitoes, poison oak, ticks, rattlesnakes, rock fall, and a raging river are all potential hazards here, so take the same precautions you would at any developing climbing area, and keep yourself and others safe.
Camping can be found nearby at Buckeye Flats from spring to fall, or Potwisha campgrounds back toward the 198 entrance. Check at the entrance for availability or call the visitors center.
(Quick note: The names given to all the routes are arbitrary and purely for informing anyone curious about what the area has to offer. Although I've searched far and wide, original FA information is basically non-existent. If anyone has information, or had names for the lines from decades past, please comment and I'll update them. Enjoy and respect the area, and if you come across something worth climbing, please share.)
From Visalia/Three Rivers, take the 198 up through the park entrance. Only a short distance (~5 miles) from there to the Hospital Rock parking lot. Look for the sign, hard to miss.
There is a decent climber's trail breaking off of the Middle Fork Trail (north-west of the parking lot). Hug the base of the cliff to avoid various trails to nowhere.
Note: The turnout the SEKI guidebook refers to can only accommodate 1-2 vehicles, and the approach directly up the hill is steep and through some nasty weeds.
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: Hospital Rock Area
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