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Mission Gorge

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About Mission Gorge:

Mission Gorge is the oldest established climbing area in San Diego County. The rock is a metamorphosed granite, unique to the county, and is extremely hard and water polished. The cliff offers a mixture of both crack and face climbing, and is steep, slick and strenuous, often requiring creative palming, pinching and counterbalance manuvers. Most routes are 40 to 80 ft high. This is a great place for the local San Diego climber whether you are just starting out or are an experienced climber.

Free Mission Gorge Climbing Guide
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Nearest town or city: San Diego
Directions: Take the I-15 to the Friars road exit and head east. Turn on the Mision Trails road right after Jackson Drive to enter the park area. Drive through the main gates about a 1/2 mile. There is limited parking on your right hand side. You can also park outside of the gates at the visitor center. Go up the orange mound to the left and then follow the switchbacks to the base of the cliff. There is a porta-john that marks the beginning of the trail. If you are planning on staying into the evening park outside the main gates. Gate closure times are (Apr-Oct 8:00am - 7:00pm; Nov-Mar 8:00am - 5:00pm).
Latitude, Longitude: 32.83063, -117.04825
Access Issues: one way road leading through the park. gates close at dusk.
Camping: No
When to Climb: Summer
Quantity of Climbs: Lifetime

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Forum Discussions (15 posts)

  Subject Author Replies Last Post
No Replies Sport climbing at the gorge jeffshmeff 0 May 14 2013, 7:02 AM
No Replies As the Crow Flies: Loose nut on left anchor bolt agdavis 0 Oct 15 2010, 11:43 PM
No Replies Found gear, Mission Gorge jsb204 0 Jun 23 2010, 4:31 AM
With Replies Need to go climbing durfey 1 Oct 19 2013, 6:10 PM
With Replies Need a climbing partner durfey 1 Apr 04 2012, 7:14 PM
With Replies Bolted TR Advice agdavis 2 Mar 05 2009, 3:30 PM
No Replies Bolts Smashed at Mission Gorge alleyehave 0 Nov 05 2008, 11:45 PM
No Replies partners for 7/28 - 7/30 love2roam2 0 Jul 12 2007, 4:09 AM
No Replies TRing The Wasp rizzuh 0 Jun 06 2007, 4:53 PM
With Replies Missing? bolts at the Gorge rizzuh 1 May 22 2007, 4:06 AM
With Replies Bee activity at Mission Gorge omenbringer 4 Mar 17 2006, 2:22 AM
With Replies Anchor on "Trauma" ikellen 8 Sep 16 2004, 4:45 AM
With Replies New Route at Mission Gorge - Lunch Rock area trenchdigger 4 Apr 06 2005, 3:52 PM
With Replies Mission Trails Reg Park closed until 11/17 mauriceb 2 Nov 02 2003, 9:16 PM
With Replies Mission Gorge blueman 1 Dec 04 2002, 10:59 AM