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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

    • North Bend, Washington

      Hike to Gravel Lake

      13.6 mi / 2759 ft gain
      Starting at the Snoqualmie Pass PCT trailhead, you start hiking through an old growth forest. This hike has a nice gradual incline with views starting near a talus field. Late June, early July wildflowers are growing like crazy along the trail. This field offers a up close view of Mt. Rainier alo...
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    • Woodville, Alabama

      Rappel Through the Keyhole at Stephen's Gap

      5.0
      Stephen's Gap is a 150 foot cave in North Alabama protected by the Southeastern Cave Conservancy. It is important note that a free permit is required to visit Stephen's Gap. Directions, parking instructions, and safety tips are distributed after your permit request is granted, but the Google addr...
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    • Corbett, Oregon

      Climb Rooster Rock

      5.0
      Head to Rooster Rock State Park off exit 25 on I-84 E in the Columbia River Gorge. Park at the west end of the park.There are multiple paths at the west end of the park heading south to I-84. If you go too far west, you will hit water. Pick one of these paths which lead to the edge of the freeway...
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    • Mackay, Idaho

      Hike to Bear Creek Lake

      5.0
      6 mi / 1600 ft gain
      The trailhead starts at the end of an old jeep trail. If you are brave with your 4 wheel drive you can drive to here and cut 1.4 miles off your hike. My mile counting started at the trail head. The trail is very well marked. At about 0.3 miles it crosses Bear Creek. In the summer this will often ...
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    • Tiburon, California

      Bouldering at Ring Mountain

      0.5 mi / 400 ft gain
      Itching to climb outdoors near San Francisco?  With only a quick drive from the city, Ring Mountain is a beautiful nature preserve overlooking the city of San Francisco offering two main rock formations, Turtle Rock (Pictured) and Split Rock.  Split Rock is the slabby rock south of the parking ar...
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    • Hinton, Oklahoma

      Hike the California Road Nature Trail Loop

      3.0
      2.3 mi / 262 ft gain
      Red Rock Canyon is approximately one hour west of Oklahoma City, the entrance is on the south side of the town of Hinton. You can easily drive past the entryway if you aren't looking for the turn off to Red Rock Canyon Road. The California Nature Trail is on the southern end of the park and has e...
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    • Cañon City, Colorado

      Climb at Shelf Road

      4.4
      1.5 mi / 400 ft gain
      Shelf Road is secluded, rural, and has great climbing. There are so many areas to choose from and it has a great diversity of route levels (mostly sport routes). My personal favorite area is "The Gallery" and "The Bank." Everyone is friendly and gives each other a hand.Sand Gulch Campground, righ...
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    • Lake Lure, North Carolina

      Boulder at Rumbling Bald

      4.5
      1.5 mi
      Located off of Boys Camp Rd. in Lake Lure, North Carolina, Rumbling Bald is a huge boulder yard that has been in use since the 1970's and has begun to flourish. Conveniently at the trail head is a gravel parking lot with three Port A Johns to use. Make sure you get to the parking lot early thou...
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    • El Paso County, Colorado

      Hike to the top of Castle Rock

      5.0
      2 mi / 800 ft gain
      The Basics: If you've never been to Green Mountain Falls, you're missing out! This tiny mountain hamlet, just off Hwy 24 before Woodland Park, hosts a vibrant collection of local shops and eateries around its community lake. It is also home to many lesser-known hiking trails, including the H.B. W...
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    • Granite Falls, Washington

      Climb Del Campo Peak, WA

      5.0
      Begin by parking at Barlow Pass and following the Gothic Basin Trail to Foggy Lake. Most of the trip's mileage is consumed by just getting to Foggy Lake, from here, the summit sits about 3/4 of a mile distant and over a thousand above you.Face the mountain and identify the obvious leftward trendi...
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    • Stinson Beach, California

      Rock Climbing The Egg

      5.0
      Once you've seen The Egg, you'll understand where it gets its name. This giant, egg shaped boulder near Stinson Beach provides about a dozen routes ranging from 5.6-5.12c. There is no trad climbing, only top rope and sport.You'll find all the easier slab routes on the eastern face. These are perf...
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    • Twentynine Palms, California

      Arch Rock Nature Trail

      4.3
      1.24 mi / 92 ft gain
      This is a rock formation very popular with young crowds at Joshua Tree. The views from this hike are spectacular. If you hike this trail at sunset, the gorgeous colors of the ski are reflected onto the rocks.  There is a plaque along the trail detailing rock formations and facts about the parks ...
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    • Ronald, Washington

      Hike Cathedral Rock and Mount Daniel

      5.0
      11.5 mi / 2300 ft gain
      Hike easy switchbacks for almost 2 miles until the trail junction at elevation 4400 feet, then veer right onto trail #1345 toward Squaw Lake and Cathedral Rock. Pass by Squaw Lake on your left (a great place to take a short swim on a hot day) and stay on the trail until you reach another junction...
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    • Auburn, California

      Rock Climb at the Quarry

      5.0
      2.6 mi / 800 ft gain
      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 ...
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    • Alta, Utah

      Hike and Scramble Mount Superior

      5.0
      5 mi
      This is an intermediate to advanced hike. Scrambling up the ridge is more difficult but can be done by anyone with patience and a few maneuvering skills. It is best climbed in the summer months when the ridge is free of snow. However, it makes for a good winter climb for more technical experience...
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    • Ward, Colorado

      Pawnee & Buchanan Pass Loop

      5.0
      26.98 mi / 6978 ft gain
      Before you start your trip, get a camping permit from the Boulder Ranger Station. Plan to spend your first night in the Crater Lake BZ (Backcountry Zone), and your second in Buchanan BZ. If you're feeling particularly sedate, you can easily spend a third night in Coney Creek. Start early in the ...
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