California has some of the highest concentration of quality rock climbing and bouldering and probably one of the best and most choices for bouldering, toproping, multi pitch climbing, trad and sport. Areas like Yosemite, Taquiz, Joshua Tree, Suicide, Lovers Leap, The Needles, Lake Tahoe’s best climbing areas, and many others are world-class destinations and have some of the best rock climbing in the known universe. The Bay Area is also popular for short crags and boulders, Lake Tahoe has a wealth of granite as well as many spot sin Northern California areas like Ring Mountain rock climbing area are some Bay Area gems.. The North Coast has hidden coves with great roped and bouldering possibilities and even California Wine country like Napa an Sonoma have interesting cliffs and boulders to play on.
California has more climbing that almost any–if not all–states in the US. California is huge with diverse boulders large cliffs, sport crags and a lot of land to hide new and undeveloped rock. The state is a playground for the modern or old-school trad climber. Some of the richest and most important climbing history in the United States if not the world lies in the mountains of the golden state.
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Photo: Ring Mountain Near San Francisco
If you climb here Yosemite is usually the place any climber will recommend that you visit. True, Yosemite is amazing but many other spots like Suicide, J Tree, Lake Tahoe and lots of other spots have just as many opportunities to woo you. Fred Beckey once stated that he though Lovers Leap had the best quality granite he ever climbed on. Just about any part of the state has great rock.
Season and Weather
The season in California is one of the best and most diverse in the United States. Seasons change and vary from Northern California to Southern California. Southern Cali has year-round possibilities as does the Bay Area. Other areas like Lake Tahoe offer cold winter months but still have great options for bouldering at select areas.
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Areas at a Glance
California Climbing Areas
Most Popular California Areas
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