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Gold Country  


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New Rock! New Rock! Come and Get it! 

The foothills of the northern Sierra Nevada are a vast and mostly untamed stretch of rocky hillsides. Bouldering is everywhere, and sport is plentiful. Trad routes can be found, but are often undocumented and wild.

Areas in the foothills may not be documented. A lot of climbable rock is found on private property, and also in public areas where local land managers don't believe that climbing is a reputable sport. Auburn State Recreation Area had a rocky history, but the administrators and climbing community are building bridges there.

Weather in the foothills is some of the most varied in California: In the summer temperatures often exceed 100 degrees, yet in the winter you will find snow often as low as 2000 feet. Spring and Fall are often the best times to climb, but keep in mind elevations and recent rainfall and you can find wonderful days in the winter as well.

New rock is always just over the next ridge, and all you need is a little imagination and some forestry maps, and you can find the next climbing area in California.

Getting There 

Gold Country describes the regions around route 49, which winds through the northern Sierra Nevada foothills (and into the higher mountains above), and connects many historic mid 19th century Gold Rush settlements. This a large area. Ranging from around Coursegold in the south, it reaches nearly the Downieville in the north. Elevations range from near sea level in the central valley itself, up to thousands of feet as the foothills rise towards the heart of the Sierra Nevada.

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Weather station 1.5 miles from here

256 Total Routes

['4 Stars',15],['3 Stars',83],['2 Stars',117],['1 Star',36],['Bomb',2]
['<=5.6',10],['5.7',10],['5.8',20],['5.9',20],['5.10',36],['5.11',24],['5.12',15],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',33],['V2-3',52],['V4-5',18],['V6-7',11],['V8-9',5],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',1],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Gold Country:
High Pacific Street Traverse   V2-3 5+     Boulder, 1 pitch, 13'   Deer Creek Park : Pacific Street Wall
Eye of the Bunholder   V3 6A     Boulder, 12'   South Yuba River: 49 Crossi...
Shogun   V5 6C PG13     Boulder, 1 pitch, 22'   The Bar : Shogun Boulder
Diagon Alley   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Auburn Cliffs : Horseshoe Canyon
Unconquerable   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Cosumnes River Gorge : Buck's Bar Dome
M+M   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   Auburn Cliffs : Scale Wall
Test Piece   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Cosumnes River Gorge : Buck's Bar Dome
Dinkum   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Cosumnes River Gorge : Buck's Bar Dome
Uncomfortably Dumb   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Auburn Cliffs : Horseshoe Canyon
Vacavillain   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Auburn Cliffs : Horseshoe Canyon
Unknown   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Auburn Cliffs : Scale Wall
Let's Roll   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Auburn Cliffs : Twin Towers
Howler Monkey   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Auburn Cliffs : Wreckage Wall
Therapy Session   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Auburn Cliffs : The Patio
Roman Holiday   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   Auburn Cliffs : Twin Towers
Destructomatic   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Auburn Cliffs : Wreckage Wall
Release the Lions   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 100'   Auburn Cliffs : Twin Towers
Human Oddity   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Auburn Cliffs : Horseshoe Canyon
Triathlon   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Auburn Cliffs : Wreckage Wall
Bat Karma   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Auburn Cliffs : Horsepoo Canyon
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Featured Route For Gold Country
Twist and Shout

Twist and Shout 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  CA : Gold Country : Mosquito Coast
The classic badass Mosquito Pump. Led by Don Garrett in 1976 or 77 with hexentrics. The must do route here. Goes from fingers to hands to fist to small off-width in forty feet. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Gold Country Slideshow Add Photo
Foothill Sunset. Photo by Blitzo.
Foothill Sunset. Photo by Blitzo.
Sugar Pine. Photo by Blitzo.
Sugar Pine. Photo by Blitzo.
Great stone! Photo by Blitzo.
Great stone! Photo by Blitzo.
Digger Pine aka Grey Pine. Photo by Blitzo.
Digger Pine aka Grey Pine. Photo by Blitzo.
Digger pine cones. Photo by Blitzo.
Digger pine cones. Photo by Blitzo.
Meadows. Photo by Blitzo.
Meadows. Photo by Blitzo.
Common Yarrow (Achillea Augustissima). Photo by Bl...
Common Yarrow (Achillea Augustissima). Photo by Bl...
Lots of poison oak. Photo by Blitzo.
Lots of poison oak. Photo by Blitzo.
Sierra Foothills granite. Photo by Blitzo.
Sierra Foothills granite. Photo by Blitzo.
Pine Rose leaves. Photo by Blitzo.
Pine Rose leaves. Photo by Blitzo.
Soft Arnica? Photo by Blitzo.
Soft Arnica? Photo by Blitzo.
Large Mountain Monkeyflower. Photo by Blitzo.
Large Mountain Monkeyflower. Photo by Blitzo.
Sugar Pine Cone. Photo by Blitzo.
Sugar Pine Cone. Photo by Blitzo.
Live Oak? Photo by Blitzo.
Live Oak? Photo by Blitzo.
Lakes. Photo by Blitzo.
Lakes. Photo by Blitzo.
Live oak bark detail? Photo by Blitzo.
Live oak bark detail? Photo by Blitzo.
In the oak forest. Photo by Blitzo.
In the oak forest. Photo by Blitzo.
Mistletoe. Photo by Blitzo.
Mistletoe. Photo by Blitzo.
Poison oak is nice in late season color. Photo by ...
Poison oak is nice in late season color. Photo by ...

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