Mission Gorge - Climbing

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Mission Gorge is the oldest established climbing area in San Diego County.

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Taylor Reilly


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Destination Distance From Downtown

9.3 miles


2 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

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All Seasons

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Mission Gorge is the oldest established climbing area in San Diego County. The rock is great quality- composed of hard, well polished granite. The routes range from crack to face climbs and most are fairly steep and stout to climb.

What Makes It Great

This is a great place for beginners to learn and for groups of friends to enjoy some day-long cragging. Mission Gorge is just north of the city and it's easy to get to. Here are some of the routes you'll encounter:

1) The Ramp 5.7 Trad (Lunch Rock)2) Skyline Arete 5.7+ Trad (Sport)3) Craig's Crack 5.8 Trad (Limbo Area)4) Crack of Dust 5.8 Trad(Main Wall)5) Mission Gorge Traverse 5.8 Trad (Main Wall)6) Apostrophe 5.9 Trad (Limbo Area)7) Mariah 5.9+ Trad (Main Wall) 8) Monkey Dance 5.10b (Limbo Area) 9) Prime Directive 5.10c Trad (Main Wall)10) Escapade 5.11a Sport, TR (Middle Earth)

Who is Going to Love It

While many of the routes here are on the easy side, more advanced climbers will find enough variation and challenge to have fun as well. With over 150 established routes, this is a fantastic destination for social climbing with plenty of quality routes for all levels. The bouldering is solid as well, though not as developed as roped climbing. 

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

From Interstate 8 - Take 8 to the Mission Gorge/Fairmount exit. Turn north onto Mission Gorge Road. Continue down Mission Gorge Road for approximately 4 miles. Look for the large wooden park sign on Mission Gorge Road. Turn left onto Father Junipero Serra Trail. Park along the road prior to the gates, or in the dirt parking lots next to the visitors center. The climbers loop trails are on the right side about 0.4 miles down Father Junipero Serra Trail as marked by kiosks.


Mission Trails Regional Park

1 Father Junipero Serra Trail
San Diego, CA, 92119
32.817663, -117.056049

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