Our gorgeous state is perfect for any outdoor enthusiast thanks to its diverse geography; from alpine mountains, arid plains and deserts to deep canyons, rivers, lakes and lush forests, California never falls short on places to explore.

And while there are many activities one can partake in, rock climbing is a great way to appreciate California’s outdoors. You’ll get a good workout, have a ton of fun, and once you reach the top, you will have earned the right to bask in some incredible views.

So strap on your climbing harness and get ready to climb, climb and climb!

Here are some of the best places to enjoy the sport of rock climbing in California.

Yosemite Valley

The valley at Yosemite National Park highlighting Bridalveil Falls.

Yosemite Valley is the place for rock climbing. The valley’s mild weather, beautiful scenery, and incredible 3,000-foot granite walls are the perfect dream for any rock climber. Climbers from all across the world come to Yosemite to bask in the valley’s cliffs and waterfalls from above. Since Yosemite is one of the world’s top climbing destinations, you can imagine it gets pretty crowded. Try going in the off-seasons (spring or fall), which also happen to have the best temperatures.

Joshua Tree

Yucca at sunset, near Mormon Rocks, also called Rock Candy Mountians; part of the San Gabriel Mountains near Wrightwood, California.

If you’re looking for a grand climbing experience in Southern California, then you have to try out Joshua Tree, where two distinct ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado, meet. Climbers of all experiences can join in on the climbing fun since Joshua Tree has thousands of climbing routes. Remember to bring your own water since there is no running water in the park! Also plan accordingly. If you’re thinking of climbing during the summer, daytime temps in June, July and August often soar into the triple digits, so it’s best to climb in the early morning or late afternoon.

Vasquez Rocks

"Rock formation in Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park in southern California, USA."

This northern Los Angeles County park will make you feel like you are standing in the middle of Mars. Vasquez Rocks has been the backdrop for countless movies thanks to its out-of-this-world look. For climbers, Vasquez Rocks is the ultimate climbing spot with 30 different marked climbs throughout the park.

Lassen National Park

Geothermal pool at Bumpass Hell, Lassen Volcanic National Park California.

Lassen National Park is located near Redding and offers rock climbers a unique and impressive place to practice their favorite sport. The park features a 10,000-foot volcanic dome, hot springs and a variety of crags that are excellent for climbing – including one that is named Bellybutton for its many cracks.

Bishop Park

Autumn in High Sierra

Located in the Eastern Sierras, Bishop Park is referred to by National Geographic as “The Birthplace of Bouldering.” Bouldering is a style of rock climbing that allows climbers to climb without a rope over a crash pad, and is the biggest growing trend in rock climbing. Climbers have the luxury of choosing from Bishop’s many climbing environments with one of the most popular spot being the shallow canyons of the volcanic boulders.

Whether you’re an experienced climber or just trying out the sport for fun, don’t be afraid to venture out of your comfort zone and climb to the best of your abilities!