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The Best Rock Climbing in San Diego

Looking for the best rock climbing in San Diego? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around San Diego. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top rock climbing spots in and near San Diego

  • San Diego, California

    South Fortuna Mountain Trail

    4.77 mi / 1296 ft gain
    South Fortuna Mountain Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near San Diego, California.
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  • San Diego, California

    Hike the Visitor Center Loop Trail

    1.4 mi / 190 ft gain
    The Visitor Center Loop Trail is a 1.4 mile hike in San Diego that features river views and allows dogs. This trail allows for the practice of a variety of activities: rock climbing, mountain biking, trail running, birding, camping horseback riding, and hiking. There are shady spots available eve...
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  • San Diego, California

    Climbers Loop Trail

    1.86 mi / 433 ft gain
    Climbers Loop Trail is a loop trail where you may see local wildlife located near San Diego, California.
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  • San Diego, California

    Visitor Center Loop Trail

    1.42 mi / 148 ft gain
    Visitor Center Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near La Mesa, California.
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  • San Diego, California

    Explore Sunset Cliffs Open Ceiling Cave

    0.5 mi
    Starting from you parking spot on the street you will see it right away. Then look to the right in the small bay--to the right of it you'll see a small place to climb down. There is no rope so be careful when scaling it. Walk south until you hit the reef wall and walk along it until you get aroun...
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  • San Diego, California

    Hike Razor Point, Beach Trail, & Broken Hill Trail Loop

    5.0
    3.2 mi
    The parking area for all of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is located right off North Torrey Pines Road (where the location is for this hike), about 20-30 minutes north of San Diego. It's $10 to park, and there was also a smaller parking lot at the top of the hill if you want to avoid the ini...
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  • Lakeside, California

    El Cajon Mountain Trail

    11.09 mi / 3337 ft gain
    El Cajon Mountain Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Lakeside, California.
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  • Lakeside, California

    El Cajon Mountain South Ridge

    6.19 mi / 3097 ft gain
    El Cajon Mountain South Ridge is an out-and-back trail that provides a good opportunity to view wildlife located near Lakeside, California.
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  • Escondido, California

    Camp at Dixon Lake

    2.1 mi / 295 ft gain
    Dixon Lake is Escondido's best kept secret! A man-made reservoir located right next to Daley Ranch, Dixon Lake offers overnight camping, boat rentals, fishing, and hiking, along with picnic areas, a kids park, and more.  The campground is open year-round and is located next to the lake with a lof...
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  • Alpine, California

    Lawson Peak Trail

    4.23 mi / 1457 ft gain
    Lawson Peak Trail is an out-and-back trail that provides a good opportunity to see wildlife located near Jamul, California.
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  • Alpine, California

    Gaskill and Lawson Peaks

    6.92 mi / 2129 ft gain
    Gaskill and Lawson Peaks is an out-and-back trail that takes you a cave and strenuous located near Jamul, California.
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  • San Diego County, California

    Multi-pitch Climbing at Corte Madera

    5.0
    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...
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  • Campo, California

    Hike Corte Madera Mountain

    7.75 mi / 2375 ft gain
    From Buckman Springs Road, turn onto Corral Canyon OHV/Morena Stokes Valley Rd and drive almost 5 miles to a green gate with a red heart on it, this is the trailhead. Just past the turn is the parking area that fits 5-6 vehicles. Walk across the road past the locked gate and head up the oak cover...
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  • Warner Springs, California

    Camp at Oak Grove Campground

    / 2772 ft gain
    Apart from being visually appealing, the campground features open, yet secluded sites that are perfect for stargazing and shooting-star spotting. Each campsite has a picnic table and a grill. There are vault toilets and flush toilets. There is also potable water. If you are interested in seeing b...
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