Bouldering at Ocean Beach

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Added by Joshua Wilson

Free, outdoor bouldering in SFMultiple problems and a retaining wall below the Cliff HouseBest at low-tideBring some friends and get the bonfire going once the sun goes down

Tired of climbing in a gym, check out one of the city's best outdoor climbing spots! Below the Cliff House at the north-end of Ocean Beach, there are several great bouldering problems and a retaining wall to climb. The rock is comprised of greenstone and sandstone with cracks and edges. These routes are best at low tide when they're more accessible, but be aware that the problems are highballs, so bring your crash pad! If you're climbing the retaining wall, you can just hop over the top and walk back down the sidewalk if you want to avoid the descent.

The problems range from warm-ups that are V0+/V1 up to more challenging problems rated V6/V7. Keep in mind that during the summer and fall months there's more sand on the beach, making the climbs a little "safer". Also, look for the bolt for the top-roping climb called "Old Man and the Sea". This climb is rated a 5.12.

For a detailed map and outlined climbs, check out the following resources:

Pack List

  • Chalk Bag
  • Climbing Shoes
  • Crash Pad
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Activities:

Rock Climbing

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Year Round

Features:

Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking

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