This newly developed quarry has been around for years but because of a political backdrop with local state officials climbers have not had access to this pristine climbers paradise until September of last year when Crags, a Sacramento-based outdoor non profit partnered with Access fund to get local govt to open its gates to climbers and they did. We we get to enjoy this sports climbing haven which is nestled between the mountains of Auburn and a beautiful fork of American River.
You can ride your bike on the 30 minute approach, bring dogs, they have picnic tables along the way or people jog.
This spot offers sport leading and top roping and enough routes for a good sized crew. Auburn is about 2 hours and 2 mins away so carpools would be encouraged.
What do you need?
*Helmet, harness & shoes.
*Rope, anchor building gear (webbing, carabiners etc) - This is optional as I have most of this
*Snacks and water. We can eat a huge meal after
*Layers in case it gets cold
*If your leading or sport belaying we hope that you have experience and/or have taken a class.
*Safety: Read the safety disclaimer on Discussion board or About us section of GYCO.
This trip is subject to change depending on weather. Only RSVP if your free this day. Thank you kindly. :)
Auburn Quarry Routes:
· Highway 80 to Auburn.
· Exit Elm Ave (exit 119c), and stay left at the fork.
· Turn left on Elm.
· .2 miles later, left on El Dorado St (also Hwy 49).
· Turn right to stay on highway 49, head down the hill and cross the bridge towards Cool (there's a sign.)
· About a 1/4 mile later, park in the street or in the paid lot on the left (it's hard to see, but it's a VERY wide pull in)
From the parking lot (I advise bringing a bike!!!): Walk about 1 1/2 miles down the main trail (which heads more or less East out of the lot) way above the creek. You'll come to a large fort-like structure with a very wide trail heading straight up a steepish hill right of the main trail, which ends up taking you to the right of the fort. Walk another 150 yards to the FIRST fork, and go right. Follow this still wide (though often quite leaf-covered) trail trough another bend to the left, and you'll pop out at the entrance to the climbing area, with Scale Wall right in front of you.
Approach to close walls : 30 minutes (8 minutes by bike)
Approach to furthest bolted walls: 45 minutes