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The Grotto is one of the most alien places I've ever seen (alongside Joshua Tree)! You're in a 30-foot deep pit, surrounded by climbing. The main wall is columnar basalt until it gets to the surrounding ground level, then becomes more featured and very overhung above ground.The area is also a lot cooler due to its location, and doesn't see much sun. The lower part of the wall has mainly trad climbs, though a few bolted routes like the classic AC Devil Dog are present too. The upper wall is all sport and is mostly very difficult. It can only be reached by climbing the lower routes first.
Approach time: 20 - 25 minutes.
19 Total Routes
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Grotto:
Bandito 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'
Table Manners 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'
Granted 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 40'
Go with the Flow 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Hole in the Wall 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'
Three Fingered Jack 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Chicken Ranch Bingo 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
AC Devil Dog 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Rawhide 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'
To Pin or Not To Be 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Snake Bite 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'
Squealer 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 120'
Men's Crisis Center 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Flight Simulator 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
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Rawhide 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b CA : Sonora Pass (Hwy 108) : ... : The Grotto
Rawhide is the most obvious finger crack left of AC Devil Dog on the lower portion of the Grotto's main wall. It is a fun and difficult route with a distinct crux section near the middle of the route.Stemming right decreases the difficulty.In the photo below, Rawhide is the crack that starts on the bottom left....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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