Multi-pitch Climbing at Corte Madera

San Diego Corte Madera Mountain Trailhead

Added by Aaron Sternberg

  • Nice, new, bolted & traditional climbing
  • Peaceful and serene escape from San Diego
  • Panoramic views from the top, south-facing
  • Clean, impressive cliff

This is one of San Diego's finest multi-pitch climbing crags. South-facing and standing 500 feet tall, Corte Madera has a history of both traditional and sport routes. The traditional routes will offer adventure with some en-route bushwhacking. The newer sport routes climb the clean faces of this impressive cliff. The climbs are most easily approached by hiking to the top of the cliff and rappelling to the base.

Please note that there is a voluntary seasonal closure of anything west (climbers' left) of the center of the main wall due to nesting raptors from February 1st to June 30.

To get here from San Diego, drive East on I-8 until the exit at Buckman Springs. Take this and head south of the freeway until you reach Corral Canyon Road (Morena Stokes Rd on Google) and turn right there. Drive 4.9 miles up the road and you'll see a small parking area with a trailhead on your right. If you don't have a 4WD vehicle, this is where the drive ends and the hike begins. If you do have a 4WD vehicle, you can drive a few miles further and park closer to the crag but the drive over rough roads takes about the same amount of time as the hike (1-1.5hrs) and it is a nice hike so if you are down to haul your gear, then we suggest parking here and hiking. If you do drive from here, follow Los Pinos Rd for a few more miles, turn left on Corte Madera Rd and after about a half mile park on the side of the road and head towards the cliff, looking to your right for the trail that will lead to the top where you can set up anchors and/or top rope and rappel down.

Pack List

  • Traditional and/or sport climbing rack
  • 60 meter rope (quick draws and slings will get you to the top if desired)
  • Water
  • Food
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat/helmet
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8 months ago

Top Notch, Full Day

Best sport climbing around. Some trad too. Spectacular, no fail sunset views. Hike out in the dark. Bring headlamps.

8 months ago

almost 2 years ago

WARNING AND DISCLAIMER: Rock climbing is extremely dangerous without proper knowledge and training. You may die or become seriously injured while climbing. You may not blame me or The Outbound Collective.

almost 2 years ago

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