Rock Climb at the Quarry

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Added by Lauren Foltz

An excellent day trip from the Bay Area: jump on some limestone and surround yourself with great company at this roped destination. 

Many thanks to the Climbing Resource Advocates for Greater Sacramento (CRAGS) and the Access Fund for their hard work in re-opening this location to make it climbing-legal. 

Where to Park:
Put in "Parking lot for the Quarry Trail, California 193, Auburn, CA 95603"
This is the designated parking lot that you can park at, though small, to begin your approach to the crags. You also have to pay a $5 or $7 fee to park here. However, if this lot is full, you have other options. Just before coming up on this parking lot you'll notice a long string of cars parked along the side of the Golden Chain Hwy (49) on the right side. Park there and it's FREE. 

Technically, you can climb year round, but I highly recommend climbing at these spots in the spring and autumn months. Why? It's either way too hot in the summer, especially hiking the approach, or way too cold and rainy during the winter months. Your pick, just be prepared.

The distance I put on this adventure is specifically for climbing at the Scale Wall and Memorial Wall area. There's so much to climb in this area, and there's more climbing up ahead if you hike further out, but this listing is for the main quarry location. Also, this place is being developed as we speak, so some routes may not be listed in a guidebook... yet.

**Bathrooms: port-o-potty at the parking lot and another port-o-potty at the Scale Wall / Memorial Wall climbing area. What a relief!**

Approach:
From the beginning of the trailhead at the designated parking lot, you're looking at about a 30 min. - 45 min. walk to the Scale Wall. If you bring your bike, it's about a 10 min. to 15 min. ride over. Roads are wide, mostly exposed and flat in the beginning. However, getting closer to the crag is a little more incline of a hike, but it's short and before you know it, you'll be there.
From the designated parking lot, start on the trail and continue on this for about 1.5 miles down the trail. At the fork-like structure with a very wide trail heading straight up a steep hill right of the main trail, walk another 150 yards to the first fork, then go right. Follow this wide trail through another bend to the left, then you'll pop out at the entrance of the crag, greeted by Scale Wall and Memorial Wall. 

This is a sport (1 pitch) and top rope climbing area.

Some Notable Routes:
M+M (5.8)
Unknown (5.10c)
Short Term Memory (5.10a)
Sneaky (5.10b)
Quirky (5.9)
On Demand (5.11c)

If you're looking for a good place to grab a beer after, hit up Knee Deep Brewing Company about a 15 min. drive from the parking lot. Great beers, food trucks outside, and you can play cornhole.

Pack List

  • Lots of water
  • Helmet
  • Trad rack
  • Climbing shoes
  • Hiking shoes
  • Chalk
  • Rope
  • Harness
  • Belay device
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Activities:

Chillin, Hiking, Photography, Rock Climbing

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

2.6 Miles

Elev. Gain:

800 Feet

Features:

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Scenic

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Added by Lauren Foltz

videographer | web designer | rock climber

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