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1. San Francisco Bay Area 1,464 routes in Region

Summary:
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Unknown, Boulder and other styles

Long/Lat: -121.630926, 37.692422

1.1. North Bay Area 292 routes in Region

Summary:
Sport, Unknown and other styles

Long/Lat: -122.830113, 38.286097

1.1.1. Genocide Rock 0 routes in Crag

Description:

A cool standalone chert boulder with faces up to about 20' high. Some nice boulder problems on the left hand side (V0-V5) and some possible futuristic projects under the overhang. The tall, clean right hand side has a handful of 5.8+ top rope problems.

There's one manky hangerless bolt above the right hand wall, but it's best to bring a lot of long slings or a 2nd rope to sling a block way back from the edge. There's also a 1" - 2" cam flake immediately behind the bolt, but it's loose - don't trust it!

Note that the rock is exposed to the wind howling up from Rodeo Beach - it can be pretty unpleasant on cold, windy days.

Approach:

Park in the lot at the intersection of Conzelman Rd and McCullough Rd, then walk up the grassy slopes above the roundabout.

1.1.2. Mount Tamalpais State Park 15 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

Long/Lat: -122.605634, 37.885685

1.1.3. Mickey's Beach State Park 58 routes in Crag

Summary:
Sport, Boulder and Unknown

Long/Lat: -122.630916, 37.888042

1.1.4. Stinson Beach State Park 16 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Boulder

Long/Lat: -122.640386, 37.902984

1.1.5. Ring Mountain 11 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: -122.493414, 37.910756

1.1.6. Jenner Area 66 routes in Crag

Summary:
Unknown, Sport and Boulder

Long/Lat: -123.116929, 38.451276

1.1.7. Fort Ross 6 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Boulder

Long/Lat: -123.249354, 38.517472

1.1.8. Pomo Indian Boulders 6 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Boulder

1.1.9. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park 0 routes in Crag

1.1.10. Angwin 0 routes in Crag

1.1.11. Mount Saint Helena 114 routes in Crag

Summary:
Sport, Trad and other styles

Long/Lat: -122.618583, 38.659485

1.2. San Francisco and Peninsula 18 routes in Area

Summary:
Top Rope, Boulder and other styles

Long/Lat: -122.487662, 37.605167

1.2.1. Lands End Bouldering 0 routes in Crag

1.2.2. Cliff House 0 routes in Crag

Description:

There's a variety of mostly mediocre bouldering on the cliffs at the northern end of Ocean Beach, below the Cliff House.

Approach:

Park near the Cliff House or down beside Ocean Beach then walk north to the headland.

1.2.3. Beaver Street Wall 7 routes in Crag

Summary:
Top Rope, Trad and Aid

Long/Lat: -122.437292, 37.765448

Unique Features And Strengths:

Located right in the middle of San Francisco, you'll find a handful of fun, moderate slab routes on incredibly unique rock.

Description:

The first thing you'll notice is the unique modification to the underlying rock (radiolarian chert): it's been polished to a glassy sheet by a shifting fault line, with just enough rough patches scattered across it to allow an ascent. In places, the rock looks like glass, polished enough to see one's reflection.

Most routes are top-roped by anchoring to the metal fence posts along the top of the cliff; however, there are options for placing marginal pro in the main crack if you're feeling particularly bold. Note however that the exceptionally polished rock will make it difficult to place bomber pieces (nuts won't "seat" very well, cams will slide right out, etc.).

The rock quality in the final 6 feet of the cliff is very poor, so be very careful to avoid knocking rocks off of the cliff when setting up a top rope or if topping out.

The mild climate of the city can mean cool climbing here in the middle of summer, but if it's foggy in the city, the rock may be wet. The cliff faces north and is hemmed in by buildings so is perpetually in the shade. The park underneath is also dark and damp, so expect it to be cold, even if it's hot on top of Corona Heights Hill.

This is a good spot if you're climbing with kids, as there's a good-sized playground right in the park directly underneath the cliff. They may be a little stymied by the tenuous nature of the climbing however.

People walk their dogs here, so watch where you step (or where you flake out your rope).

Access Issues:

Corona Heights Park is a city park, so other than appropriate consideration for the neighbors, there are no access issues.

Approach:

The wall is located at Beaver Street and 15th Street in the northeast corner of the Corona Heights Park, right next to the Peixotto Playground. There is street parking on Beaver St. The Castro Street MUNI Metro station is 3 blocks to the south.

There is foot access for setting up a top rope; however, to maintain good relations with the neighbors, and to avoid unnecessary rockfall, do not scramble up the slopes at either end of the wall. Instead, walk south on Beaver Street until you reach the bend. Follow the pedestrian alley (De Forest) up the stairs to the right (to the end of Flint St), and take the path uphill and right until you reach the fence at the top of the wall.

1.2.4. Governor Rock 0 routes in Crag

Description:

An overgrown chert wall / boulder with a few ok problems.

Access Issues:

Very close to the UCSF Governor's Mansion (the large house above the rock). Not clear if it's public or private property. Keep an extremely low profile if you intend to climb here.

Approach:

1 minute walk from Johnstone Dr, or walk up from the southern end of Stanyan (5 mins).

1.2.5. Glen Canyon 10 routes in Crag

Summary:
Top Rope and Boulder

Long/Lat: -122.442921, 37.740548

Unique Features And Strengths:

By far the best outdoor area in San Francisco. Super convenient (10mins walk from Glen Park BART) and with unique rock.

Description:

Despite getting panned in a lot of local guidebooks, Glen Canyon is actually a great bouldering area for its size, particularly if you're willing to go beyond the obvious lines and holds, and start making up eliminates and variations (in which case you'll find that the main cliff band is an excellent training area, particularly for pinch and crimp strength).

The rock is unique and cool to climb on - chert (ultra hard, cleanly layered sedimentary rock) that has been uplifted and deformed by California's famous tectonic activity. The rock fractures into very blocky square cut holds, creating the ubiquitous "incut jug slot". While the rock is generally solid, there are a few patches that have been deformed to the point of becoming choss, and holds can and do rip off in these sections. Another unique feature are the ultra-polished sections (slickensides) - these are the surfaces of micro-faults that have been polished by millennia of sliding past each other.

Access Issues:

Dead Cat Rocks (described as "Deep Canyon Boulder" on some sites), located further up the canyon and on the other (Western) side of the creek, is off limits to all climbing. See SF Parks & Rec Significant Natural Resource Area section 6.3-12 and 6.3-13. http://sf-recpark.org/ftp/uploadedfiles/wcm_recpark/SNRAMP_Final_Draft/6_Site-Specific/63OShaughnesy_GlenPark.pdf for more details.

Approach:

Many options, but the most straight forward for new visitors is to walk up through the canyon from the rec center end of the park (Elk St at Chenery - you'll walk up Chenery if coming from BART). Follow the gravel road north alongside the creek or take one of the trails up the hillside to the right to get to the hillside boulders, black overhang and choss buttress.

The first boulders you'll see are the hillside boulders up high on the right. Next are the black overhang and choss buttress, also up to the right. Passing the preschool on the left you'll reach the "kung fu bridge" over the swamp. Legend has it that a famous Bruce Lee scene was filmed here, hence the name. After emerging from the willows, you'll see the main cliff band straight ahead up the hill. The upper cliff band is partially obscured, directly behind the main cliff band.

Please don't cut straight up the hill to the crag - SF Rec & Park has spent a lot of time in recent years tracking building and stabilising the hillside, and the stairs leading up to the right doubles back straight to the crag, making shortcutting redundant.

Ethic:

Absolutely no bolts of any kind, anywhere. If you need a top rope, bring a rack and slings (there's great gear for most of the problems).

Stick to made tracks as much as possible.

Bring a plastic bag and spend 15 mins at the end of your session picking up the trash that non-climbers throw off the top - that helps keep the place open to climbing.

History:

The Sierra Club is known to have climbed here in the 1930s.

1.2.6. O'Shaughnessy Slab 0 routes in Crag

Description:

Prominent 45' slab towards the top of O'Shaughnessy Blvd, with two reasonably old bolts as anchors on top (best to bring long slings / spare ropes to back them up with trees). Technically part of Glen Canyon, but described separately as O'Shaughnessy Blvd creates an impenetrable barrier.

Access Issues:

Public property, but very close to back yards and blatantly visible to passing traffic. Keep as low a profile as possible if you're climbing here.

Approach:

Park on Del Vale Ave near the O'Shaughnessy intersection then walk through the carpark of the Miraloma Park Improvement Club and up the hill behind the eucalypts.

1.2.7. 14th Ave Boulders 1 route in Crag

Summary:
All Top Rope

Long/Lat: -122.470797, 37.753698

Description:

A quite impressive line of cliffs and buttresses that unfortunately doesn't quite "work". Toilet Mind being the one exception (assuming the poison oak hasn't regrown).

Access Issues:

At times climbers have been told the area is private property and off limits to climbing. This is untrue however - the cliffs are within a recognised natural area that's managed by SF Rec & Park (see http://sfrecpark.org/destination/rock-outcropping-natural-areas/).

Approach:

Park on 14th Ave, just south of Ortega St. Take care not to obstruct any driveways - the road is very narrow.

1.2.8. Planet Granite San Francisco 0 routes in Gym

1.2.9. Mission Cliffs 0 routes in Gym

1.2.10. Dogpatch Boulders 0 routes in Gym

Unique Features And Strengths:

Incredible - one of the largest dedicated bouldering gyms in the world.

Description:

An incredible bouldering gym that's part of the "Touchstone" chain (the same company that runs Mission Cliffs and some other gyms in the Bay Area). Details at http://www.touchstoneclimbing.com/dogpatch-boulders

Approach:

Located right beside the "T" Muni line, this gym is the easiest to get to from downtown San Francisco.

History:

Opened April 2013.

1.3. East Bay Area 136 routes in Region

Summary:
Unknown, Boulder and other styles

Long/Lat: -122.039193, 37.835522

1.3.1. Mount Diablo State Park 55 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: -121.918088, 37.871188

1.3.2. Diablo Rock Gym 0 routes in Gym

1.3.3. Berkeley Areas 68 routes in Crag

Summary:
Unknown and Boulder

Long/Lat: -122.267745, 37.865873

1.4. South Bay Area 321 routes in Region

Summary:
Unknown, Boulder and other styles

Long/Lat: -122.078256, 37.261643

1.4.1. Handley Rock 0 routes in Cliff

Description:

Fun urban top-roping on Bay Area sandstone.

1.4.2. Woodside Rock 0 routes in Crag

Access Issues:

Probably private property - keep a low profile.

1.4.3. Castle Rock State Park 243 routes in Crag

Summary:
Boulder, Unknown and other styles

Long/Lat: -122.105098, 37.231815

Access Issues:

'Summit Rock'[16447327] is closed year-round for nesting peregrines. The Access Fund is negotiating to have this reduced to a seasonal closure.

1.4.4. Guadalupe Rocks 6 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: -121.883858, 37.194338

1.4.5. Silver Creek/Cloudburst Meadows Jct 1 route in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

Long/Lat: -121.766691, 37.270372

1.4.6. Sunol Regional Wilderness 27 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

Long/Lat: -121.831804, 37.521731

1.4.7. Skyline Boulevard Slabs 8 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

1.4.8. Skyline Boulder 3 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Boulder

1.4.9. Aquarian Valley 33 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

Long/Lat: -122.130990, 37.467176

1.4.10. Panther Beach 0 routes in Crag

1.5. Pinnacles National Monument 583 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: -121.180772, 36.490839

1.5.1. Bear Gulch Area 94 routes in Area

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: -121.186346, 36.474581

1.5.2. The Monolith Area 65 routes in Area

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: -121.186859, 36.473156

1.5.3. The Reservoir Area 73 routes in Area

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

1.5.4. Marmot Rock Area 14 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.5.5. The Yaks 30 routes in Area

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

1.5.6. High Peaks Trail South 16 routes in Area

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

1.5.7. Condor Gulch Area 24 routes in Area

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

1.5.8. Citadel Canyon 42 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.5.9. The Balconies Area 50 routes in Area

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

1.5.10. Machete Ridge Area 32 routes in Area

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: -121.201865, 36.497639

1.5.11. Juniper Canyon 22 routes in Area

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

1.5.12. High Peaks 119 routes in Area

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: -121.197890, 36.489500

1.5.13. Discovery Wall 2 routes in Area

Summary:
Sport and Unknown

1.6. Central Valley And Foothills 114 routes in Region

Summary:
Sport, Trad and other styles

Long/Lat: -121.446153, 38.460267

1.6.1. Putah Creek 8 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Boulder

Long/Lat: -122.056294, 38.513905

1.6.2. Vacaville Boulders 12 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Boulder

Long/Lat: -121.988289, 38.390810

1.6.3. The Nut Tree Boulders 0 routes in Crag

1.6.4. Deer Creek Park 0 routes in Crag

Description:

Worn but fun granite bouldering (mostly quarried) not too far from Sacramento.

History:

This is where the stone for the state capitol building and San Francisco city hall was quarried.

1.6.5. Auburn Cliffs 34 routes in Crag

Summary:
Sport, Top Rope and Trad

Long/Lat: -121.018221, 38.918803

1.6.6. Cosumnes River Gorge 60 routes in Crag

Summary:
Trad, Sport and other styles

Long/Lat: -120.710808, 38.647390

1.6.7. Valley Springs Klippe 0 routes in Crag

1.6.8. Knight's Ferry 0 routes in Crag

1.7. Wagon Caves 0 routes in Crag