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Sonora Pass (Hwy 108)  


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Description 

The Sonora Pass area is a short drive from Northern California's major population centers, yet offers rock like Tahoe AND Yosemite without the crowds of either destination.

It includes many diverse climbing areas along highway 108. They span from the San Joaquin Valley to the west, up over the Sierra crest at Sonora Pass itself, and down into the Great Basin to the east. Climbs of every style and difficulty can be found along the width of the mountain range.

Approaches range from roadside pullouts with painted grades (established by the US Marines on public land near their Mountain Warfare Training Center), to remote and wild alpine lines requiring both luck and determination to climb successfully.

In the fall, Table Mountain, especially around the Grotto, is one of the most beautiful places in the state. However, learn about its paradoxical access issues before visiting the Gold Wall or Jail House Rock areas there. They contain some of the finest climbing around, but aren't documented online or in guidebooks.

A 2013 edition of "A Climber's Guide to the Sonora Pass Highway" may increase visits.

Other updates beyond the book can be found at the Sonora Pass Climbing website.

Getting There 

From the west, head east on Hwy 108 from the small community of Sonora.

From the east, head west on Hwy 108 from Bridgeport at the junction of Hwy 395.

Note that the highway is closed in winter, generally November through May. Check dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/sr108 for road conditions and closures.

Climbing Season



Weather station 22.2 miles from here

101 Total Routes

['4 Stars',13],['3 Stars',29],['2 Stars',43],['1 Star',15],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',3],['5.8',7],['5.9',11],['5.10',27],['5.11',19],['5.12',22],['5.13',5],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',2],['V2-3',2],['V4-5',1],['V6-7',1],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Sonora Pass (Hwy 108):
Bandito   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Table Manners   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Go with the Flow   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Granted   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Enemy at the Gates   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Table Mountain : Eastern Front
Chicken Ranch Bingo   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Color Coded Quickdraws   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Table Mountain : Ort Wall
Three Fingered Jack   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Crystal Planet   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   5N06 of Sonora (2nd Quarry) : The Second Quarry
Rawhide   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
AC Devil Dog   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Snake Bite   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Squealer   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Men's Crisis Center   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Flight Simulator   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Whipping Boy   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 65'   Jailhouse Rock
Iron Junkie   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 90'   Jailhouse Rock
Soap on a Rope   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Jailhouse Rock
Cell Block Six   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Jailhouse Rock
Fugitive   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Jailhouse Rock
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Featured Route For Sonora Pass (Hwy 108)
Somewhere on Flight Simulator, Aron pulls onward.

Flight Simulator 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b  CA : Central Sierra : ... : The Grotto
Using the top anchor for A.C. Devil Dog (5.10d) and Table Manners (5.8), there is a bolt just right of this top anchor nearly directly above A.C. Devil Dog, which leads straight up the severly overhung upper headwall of the Grotto. This is Flight Simulator. Climb up large jugs for the first three bolts on hellaciously overhung but really solid rock. For the final two bolts and to the top anchors, climbing gets balancy and remains powerful. All moves are pumpy, all moves are excellent.A Fall i...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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