View of Parsons Beach with boulder center at water...
Totally sunny (what do you expect - you are on a beach). No cover except for the overhang of the climbing boulder. Was empty when I got there, then about 30 kids from a youth camp hit the beach and stayed for a couple hours.
Only one climbing spot, the boulder dead center on the beach. If you are in the area and need a climbing fix, this may be the only place to get it. The boulder is about 20 feet tall, and has about three climbing aspects. The easiest (V0) is on the ocean-side, and has partially-buried rocks in the sand that make things a little less safe. On the west and east sides is more challenging climbing but a soft sandy landing that doesnt even require a crashpad.
rock was solid, and offered plenty of holds. I was there at lowtide. At hightide I'm sure the water will cover the base of the boulder.
About 3/4 mile northwest of the Emerald Bay Scout Camp on the northeast end of Santa Catalina Island. From center of Emerald Bay Camp take the trail southeast through camp. Then follow signs to Parsons Beach. Easy approach with 100 ft altitude gain total.
Generally just simple climb with plenty of holds. Some holds are deluxe, others just okay. If there is a crux it is the last move to get to the top. The handhold isnt great (comparatively). This route isnt going to challenge anyone who climbs much, but there look to be several other routes on the south, west and east faces....[more]Browse More Classics in CA