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Dave on Gimme My Forty Sucka, Hidden Boulder

Old Training Ground Meets Locals' Playground 

While not generally thought of as a destination area for rock climbing, the pure number of visitors that head to the bay area for other purposes make this a great location for a quick day on the rock in between other commitments.

You can climb year round in the Bay Area, provided that winter rains haven't pummeled the area too recently. Often, inland areas are extremely hot in the summer, though the coastal areas will stay pleasant.

American Big Wall climbing took its first roots here, with locals practicing their skills on local rocks before heading to Yosemite for its renowned cliffs. Almost every area that has a chimney in Northern California was first climbed by Warren Harding or Forrest Shute, and you will often see a piton stuck in the rock left over from climbers of another age.

Berkeley, Castle Rock and Sonoma will hold your attention for a great day of bouldering. Mount Saint Helena or Lover's Leap (in the Tahoe Area, but still only about 2 hours drive from most locations), or Table Mountain for a sport or trad experience.

Visitors and locals alike should check out the area along the Sonoma coast for a sport or bouldering experience unique to California, where waves, wind and rock found only here make an unforgettable day's climbing.

People with several days free in the Bay Area will probably want to head East to the Tahoe area in the Summer or Fall, to Yosemite for the trad folks, and perhaps all the way out (6-8 hours) to the Eastern Sierra areas like Bishop and Mammoth for a world class alpine, sport, or bouldering experience.

Unfortunately, a significant portion of the best climbing in the Bay Area is on private property, and unless you're in the know, you don't get to go.


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for SF Bay Area:
The Spoon   V1 5     Boulder, 10'   * Castle Rock Bouldering : The Spoon
Bates Arete   V4 6B R     Boulder, 10'   * Castle Rock Bouldering : Bates Arete Boulder
Tree Problem   V4 6B     Boulder, 20'   * Castle Rock Bouldering : Parking Lot Rock
Living a Dream   V6 7A     Boulder, 14'   Fort Ross : Fort Ross - Main Rock
Lost Keys Traverse   V6 7A     Boulder   * Sanborn-Skyline Boulderin... : Indian Rock Boulders
Deforestation    V7+ 7A+     Boulder, 14'   * Castle Rock Bouldering : Parking Lot Rock
Nat's Traverse   V8 7B     Boulder, 10'   Indian Rock : Mortar Rock
Cave Route   5.8- 5b 16 VI- VS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 140'   Pine Canyon : The Rock of Ages
Table Scraps   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Mount St. Helena : Table Scraps Pinnacle
Farewell to Arms   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Cragmont Park : East Face
Amazing Face   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Boy Scout Rocks : Lower Tier
The Great Roof   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Castle Rock & Sanborn-Skyli... : Goat Rock
Tall Man Simplex   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, TR   Castle Rock & Sanborn-Skyli... : Shady Rock
Bolt Route   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Boy Scout Rocks : Lower Tier
Aloha Patrol   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Sport, 4 pitches, 300'   Table Rock : Iron Curtain
Egghead   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c R     Sport, 60'   Mickey's Beach : The Egg
Clamydia   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Castle Rock & Sanborn-Skyli... : Waterfall Cliff
Treasure Island   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Mount St. Helena : The Bear
Jason and the Argonauts   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Mount St. Helena : The Bear
Sex Porpoises   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Mickey's Beach : Main Rock
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Featured Route For SF Bay Area
The climb in 2 combined pictures.  The route starts right of the arete below and continues straight up to the first bolt and beyond. Have fun.

Naked and Disfigured 5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b CA : SF Bay Area : ... : Main Rock
This is a classic, difficult Mickey's beach climb. Climb just right of the Mickey's Beach Arete (5.13b), up the leftmost bolt line on the side of the rock facing straight out towards the ocean. This route has a little of everything. Start on an approximately 5.12a crimpy section, climb a flake, have fun with a few underclings, enjoy a few tiny crimps, and then stick big moves onto slopers until a fun finishing move.As you're climbing this overhung route, you may think to yourself, "There are ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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The Golden Gate. <br />Photo by Blitzo. <br /> <br />
The Golden Gate.
Photo by Blitzo.

Pier 39, SF.
Pier 39, SF.
The Grateful Dead at Oakland Coliseum, February, 1995. <br />One of the Bay Area's best known bands. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
The Grateful Dead at Oakland Coliseum, February, 1...
The Rock.  SF bay.
The Rock. SF bay.
Liquid Amber is a common tree along the streets in the Bay Area. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Liquid Amber is a common tree along the streets in...
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