San Diego Rock Climbing

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Santee Boulders

This is the most popular bouldering spot in the San Diego area. There are 70 bouldering routes, 20 top rope routes, 25 traditional routes and 2 sport routes. This is private area so make sure to keep it clean so it’ll stay open to the public. Check out spots such as Moby Dick which is the highest boulder in the area and it also has boulder routes

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Mission Regional Park Trails

This is the oldest climbing spot in the San Diego region. The rock is primarily granite granite, unique to the county, and is extremely hard and water polished. The cliff offers a mixture of both crack and face climbing, and is steep, slick and strenuous, often requiring creative palming, pinching and counterbalance maneuvers. Most routes are 40 to 80 ft high. Rock stretches on both sides of the valley where it offers a lifetime supply of routes This is a great place for the local San Diego climber whether you are just starting out or are an experienced climber.

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Army Rock

Composed of boulders that are right off the side of the Lake Hodges bike trail. There are two sport routes, one 5.8 and another 5.9. Additionally, there are differing boulders that can be climbed in the encompassing area. This is a great route to bike and climb on the same trip.

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Bonita Crag

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The 40 foot routes are in good shape because not too many people know about it and its right in the city. However, it primarily consists of only 7 main routes where you clip in to old shuts. It’s solid for your lunch break or another situation when you’re short on time. They range between 5.8 and 5.12.

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Rancho Penasquitos Canyon

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What this lacks in intensity, it makes up for in scenery as the boulders are right by a waterfall and stream that flow through the canyon. It’s full of easy climbs and fun if you are in the area. It’s a 1.2 mile hike from the end of Park Village Road.

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Dixon Lake 

While the climbing area is small, at least it is by a lake. The granite routes are a mixture of bouldering and top roping. There are close to 40 or more total routes. Make sure to park outside the pay area, it’s only a few minute more walk and free. The routes range between >5.6 to 5.9. It’s right by the lake to cool off in after.

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