The Bay Area boasts several climbing and bouldering hotspots that attract climbers of all skill levels. The sandstone formations of 6,000-acre Salt Point State Park, about 90 miles from San Francisco, are a favorite among the climbing set, with more than 20 sport climbing routes, most on Sentinel Rock, and 30 boulder problems. Many routes are for advanced climbers, with ratings of 5.12 and up; check the tide schedule and plan accordingly.
Stinson Beach, in Marin County, and Mount Diablo, in the 20,000-acre Mount Diablo State Park near Danville in the East Bay, are easily accessible spots for bouldering and climbing, respectively. At Stinson Beach, head to the south end of the beach to reach a number of boulders strewn across the sand. The double-peaked Mount Diablo spans climbing areas called Pine Canyon and the Boy Scout Rocks. Lower Boy Scout Rocks is home to one of the Bay Area’s most popular routes, the 90-footAmazing Face (5.9+).
San Francisco also is home to some of the best climbing gyms in the country, including Mission Cliffs and Dogpatch Boulders (both under the Touchstone Climbing umbrella) and Planet Granite. About four hours away is Yosemite National Park, which boasts some of the world’s most coveted big-wall climbing. The Yosemite Mountaineering School is a superb resource for beginners.
Groups: Cragmont Climbing Club
Rock Ice & Mountain Club
Retailers: Sports Basement REI San Francisco