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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

    • YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, California

      Scramble Yosemite's Cathedral Peak

      3.0
      Start at Toulumne Meadows (8000 ft), and take the John Muir Trail, on the south side of Tioga Road. After about 1 mile, an unmarked trail will appear on your left – it is a less-traveled path, primarily taken by climbers. This trail will lead you away from Cathedral Lake to the back of Cathedral ...
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    • Fawnskin, California

      Castle Rock Trail at Big Bear Lake

      4.5
      2.7 mi / 719 ft gain
      Follow the directions to the trail head, and park on the side of the road. You will see a sign that says Castle Rock Trail, and the path is directly behind that sign. The hike up to the peak is steep, sandy, and very rocky, so shoes with good traction is recommended. There are also lots of oak a...
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    • Princeville, Hawaii

      Hike to Turtle Cave

      3.8
      0.75 mi / 62 ft gain
      Turtle Cave is located within a small bay on the Princeville side of Kauai. This hike requires swimming, repelling down a steep cliff and potentially high tides.  This particular access point is located on private property, so you should be staying in one of the rentals or traveling with a guest....
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    • South Lake Tahoe, California

      Eagle Lake Trail

      4.0
      2.35 mi / 571 ft gain
      The trailhead starts (and ends) by the beautiful Emerald Bay of Lake Tahoe, and goes west. The trail is well-marked and composed of mostly granite steps. Once you get to the lake, you can swim: it's cold but beautiful. If you keep following the path to the wooded areas (to the left), there are s...
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    • Cottonwood Heights, Utah

      Rock Climbing at Dogwood

      4.4
      If you can avoid the crowds, Dogwood is an easy crag to get to with a lot of 5.fun climbs and a legendary 5.13a sport climb. From the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon, the Dogwood picnic area is 1.1 miles up the canyon. Park on the street to avoid having to pay $8 and walk into the picnic area. Fol...
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    • Castella, California

      Hike Crags Trail to Castle Dome

      4.4
      5.1 mi / 2135 ft gain
      One of the gems in the Shasta area, Castle Crags. You can spot these dramatic granite towers from a distance and their jagged formations beckon climbers and hikers alike. Imagine a slice of the Dolomites plucked out of Italy and placed in Northern California. Crags Trail to Castle Dome winds up t...
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    • Rhododendron, Oregon

      Frustration Falls

      3.0
      8.26 mi / 1854 ft gain
      The hike and possible rappel to Frustration Falls begins at the Salmon River trailhead right outside of Welches, Oregon. From the trailhead you follow the trail for about 4 miles at which point you reach Canyon View (Shown in pictures 5-6 above). From the main trail this is the only view of Frust...
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    • Witts Springs, Arkansas

      Backpack to the Sandstone Castles

      5.0
      8 mi / 1000 ft gain
      From the Richland Creek campground, Twin Falls is an approximate 3 mile hike followed by another mile (give or take) to the "Castles". Directly above a small camping area on top of Twin Falls there begins a more primitive trail up the center on the ridge that will take you straight to the enormou...
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    • Mason County, Washington

      Climb the Brothers (South Climb)

      4.5
      17 mi / 6062 ft gain
      The Brothers is a notable peak on the border of Olympic National Park. The dual summits are a distinguishing feature of the Olympic Range, viewed from Seattle. This is a challenging route, testing a climber's route finding skills, physical fitness, and mental fortitude. From the parking lot, you ...
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    • Boulder, Colorado

      Hike South Boulder Peak

      4.5
      6.7 mi / 2900 ft gain
      Starting at the Mesa trailhead, continue a half a mile through a relatively even grade before arriving at the North Fork Shanahan trailhead, which will take you another half a mile on much steeper grade up to Fern Canyon where you will start a much harder portion of the hike; here, you'll head st...
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    • Finland, Minnesota

      Hike to the Superior Hiking Trail's Section 13

      4.0
      2 mi / 450 ft gain
      Getting there:From Duluth, follow Highway 61 until you reach mile marker 65 -- shortly after this you will turn left on Lake County Road 6. Continue for just over 2 miles and the trailhead parking lot will be on your right. There is a sign with mileage to nearby backpacking campsites if you want ...
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    • Mount Carmel, Utah

      Canyoneering Birch Hollow

      4.3
      Birch Hollow is near Zion National Park, and accessible from North Fork Road (East Zion) past the Ponderosa Resort. If you do not hike out through Orderville into Zion National Park (ZNP) and the Narrows, then a ZNP Permit is not required (turning around and hiking back to your vehicle).The time ...
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    • Mackay, Idaho

      Climb Mount Borah

      4.8
      7.5 mi / 5200 ft gain
      Rising high above the sage brush covered landscape, Mount Borah is the tallest mountain in Idaho and is referred to as the "roof of Idaho." This behemoth is part of the Lost River Range in the central part of the state. The strongest earthquake in Idaho occurred along the fault line in 1983 and r...
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    • Pleasant Grove, Utah

      Rock Climbing American Fork Canyon

      4.7
      American Fork Canyon, UT has a rich history in outdoor activity. Little do most people know that American Fork was the birth place of steep, overhanging, sport climbing. Developed by locals, now legends, in the climbing world like Boone Speed and Jeff Pedersen amongst others. This canyon came ...
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    • Saint George, Utah

      Check Out Pioneer Park's Little Narrows

      5.0
      0.1 mi
      Pioneer Park's slot canyon is located in the red sandstone cliffs above St. George Blvd in Pioneer Park. Pioneer Park has tables for picnics and lots of fun rock formations for kids and adults to play on. The park is usually very crowded, and it can be challenging to find a parking spot in the pa...
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    • Tulare County, California

      Hike to the Summit of Big Baldy, Kings Canyon National Park

      4.5
      5 mi / 650 ft gain
      This short and easy trail to the summit of Big Baldy in Kings Canyon National Park is not to be missed if you are in the area.The trail winds through forest and boulders as it climbs the north shoulder of Big Baldy. When you think you have reached the end, and you see people sitting down with the...
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