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Sonora Pass (Hwy 108)

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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 www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/sr108 for road conditions and closures.

99 Total Routes

['4 Stars',13],['3 Stars',27],['2 Stars',43],['1 Star',15],['Bomb',1]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Sonora Pass (Hwy 108):
Table Manners   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Bandito   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Go with the Flow   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Enemy at the Gates   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Table Mountain : Eastern Front
Three Fingered Jack   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Chicken Ranch Bingo   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Color Coded Quickdraws   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Table Mountain : Ort Wall
Crystal Planet   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   5N06 of Sonora (2nd Quarry) : The Second Quarry
AC Devil Dog   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Rawhide   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Snake Bite   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Squealer   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Chain Gang   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 60'   Jailhouse Rock
Men's Crisis Center   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Whipping Boy   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b     Sport, 65'   Jailhouse Rock
Flight Simulator   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Table Mountain : The Grotto
Iron Junkie   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b     Sport, 90'   Jailhouse Rock
Soap on a Rope   5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Jailhouse Rock
Cell Block Six   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Jailhouse Rock
Fugitive   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Jailhouse Rock
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Featured Route For Sonora Pass (Hwy 108)
From the California Climber magazine dated Summer 2013

Moon Shadows 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c PG13  CA : Sonora Pass (Hwy 108) : Donnell Reservoir
Paddle across the reservoir in a canoe. Rack up on the Talus Island to the climber's right of Moon Shadows. Start out of a boat at the base of Moon Shadows. Climb to the top.Descent: Rappel either Sirens of the Stanislaus or Falcons of Neptune. Bolted belays up to the base of the crux pitch. There is no current report of folks rappelling Falcons of Neptune. Do note that Sirens of the Stanislaus will drop you about 100 meters to the left of Moon Shadows. From there you will either need a boat or ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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