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

    Top Rock Climbing Spots in and near United States

    • Seven Pines, California

      Mt. Williamson via Shepherd Pass

      5.0
      26.66 mi / 10653 ft gain
      This trail starts at the lowest, and generally regarded hardest, trailhead in the Southern Sierras. You quickly gain elevation in what many describe as manageable but relentless. The first section of the hike has nice shade and adequate water access. Very enjoyable company to boot! Once you cros...
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    • Leavenworth, Washington

      Scramble to the Summit of Dragontail Peak

      16 mi / 7000 ft gain
      Getting There From Leavenworth, WA, drive Icicle Creek Road for 8.5 miles until you reach Bridge Creek Campground. Turn left here onto Forest Service Road #7601 signed for the Stuart Lake Trailhead. The pavements ends and the road gains elevation quickly as your car transports you high above the ...
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    • Duluth, Minnesota

      Hike to Ely's Peak

      4.6
      1.73 mi / 430 ft gain
      Ely's Peak is located near the neighborhood of Gary-New Duluth. It is located right off of Becks Road. To get there from Grand Avenue you'll turn onto Becks Road. The small parking lot will be located about 2 miles north and will be on your right. If you are coming from Interstate I35, you'll tak...
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    • Quincy, Washington

      Adventuring in the Frenchman Coulee

      5.0
      Occupying a cluster of desert canyons and mesas perched atop the cliffs overlooking the eastern bank of the mighty Columbia River, the Frenchman Coulee is a rock climber’s paradise. Featuring dozens of world-class sport and trad routes, both single- and multi-pitch, the climbing around Vantage li...
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    • Morganton, North Carolina

      Camp at the Chimneys in the Linville Wilderness

      5.0
      1 mi / 138 ft gain
      The Chimneys area is a lesser-known camping destination within the Linville Wilderness. The Chimneys are a series of rock formations that rise above Linville Gorge and provide unobstructed panoramic views of the gorge and surrounding mountains. These rocks sit adjacent to Table Rock which hosts w...
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    • Big Bear, California

      Rock Climb Holcomb Valley

      5.0
      Most of the drive to Holcomb Valley is done on regular paved roads until about the last hour when you get above Big Bear Lake and you start your journey on dirt roads. The road is extremely bumpy and has lots of pot holes but there are generally quite a few cars up there that don't have 4 wheel d...
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    • Dayton, Virginia

      Climb Hidden Rocks

      5.0
      Amazing rock climbing can be found just outside Harrisonburg, VA at a series of crags hiding in the beautiful landscape of GW National Forest. Hidden Rocks offers amazing climbing and bouldering for intermediate level or well-guided beginners.Near the end of Hone Quarry Road is a small, self-pay ...
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    • Riverside County, California

      Hike the Barker Dam

      1.28 mi / 85 ft gain
      The Barker Damn trail is a 1.5 mile loop trail across flat terrain which makes it great for the whole family. The hike starts out from the Barker Dam parking lot which is shared with the Wall Street Mill trailhead. You can find the Barker Dam trailhead just to the left of the bathrooms. After ...
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    • Fishtail, Montana

      Backpack the Beartooths via the West Rosebud Trail

      22.69 mi / 6795 ft gain
      The West Rosebud Trail functions as one of the major routes to Granite Peak, the highest point in Montana. The trailhead (6,558') is located approximately 80 miles south of Billings in the Beartooth Absaroka Wilderness. The road to the trail passes Emerald and West Rosebud Lakes just before arriv...
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    • Whitethorn, California

      King's Peak from Shelter Cove

      2.0
      30.85 mi / 6204 ft gain
      After parking at Shelter Cove and securing a camping permit ($3 per night in the backcountry) follow the bear prints down the coastline for 5 miles, keeping in mind that the tide devours the beach every 12 hours. Parts of the beach become impassable at high tide. Camp overnight at Buck Creek, th...
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    • Monticello, Utah

      Joint Trail in the Canyonlands Needles District

      5.0
      19.06 mi / 3028 ft gain
      A large part of the grandeur of Canyonlands National Park is the vast barren vista at Island in the Sky, but no visit to Canyonlands would be complete without the intimate and immersive desert experience that the Needles District offers. Drive two hours southwest of Moab away from cell phone rece...
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    • Salt Lake City, Utah

      Climb West Slabs of Mount Olympus

      5.0
      Park at the top of Thousand Oaks Drive, and make your way to the dirt path heading east. It will be a well maintained, well-covered single dirt track which takes you to the base of a really impressive couloir. Follow the trail until you reach the couloir / rocky gully. You will then see the West ...
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    • Bishop, California

      Photography in the ButterMilks

      5.0
      The Eastern Sierras have some of the most spectacular views in the world. This area in particular is known for its rock climbing. It also has amazing opportunities for photographers.The nights during a new moon are incredibly dark and create great astro photography shots. During the day, the l...
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    • Sandy, Utah

      Hike and Climb the S. Ridge of Mt. Superior

      4.5
      4.5 mi / 1800 ft gain
      Approach: Start by parking on the side of the road just above the Snowbird Cliff Lodge. Then there will be some bushwhacking as you work your way up the southern slopes of Mount Superior following the path of least resistance until reaching the winter avalanche path under the south face and to th...
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    • Browning, Montana

      Reynolds Mountain

      4.5
      11 mi / 2500 ft gain
      Reynolds Mountain stands high above the Logan Pass Visitors Center. Because of it's easy location, be prepared to get caught in the heavy rush of tourists on the way up. Though most will not be going to Reynolds Mountain, you will still need to "wade" through heavy tourism to reach the trail he...
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    • Edmond, West Virginia

      Beauty Mountain Trail

      5.0
      1.1 mi / 279 ft gain
      The Beauty Mountain Trail Head is located less than 10 miles form Fayetteville, WV.  To reach the trail head, you will have to travel down some very narrow roads, and I recommend going old school and printing out the directions because cell service in the area is not the best.  Once at the trail ...
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